In recent years, efforts to save the environment and promote better health have been increasing. One of the ways health and environment advocates are doing this is by pushing the use of bicycles for travel and exercise.
Singapore: Establishing a Cycling Culture
Cycling in Singapore started in 1960 when it had more bicycles than cars and motorcycles. However, when the country underwent a swift economic development in 1970, bicycles fell off the radar as cars increased. Because of traffic congestion, there was a global resurgence in cycling.
It shows that Singapore is well on its way to becoming a Cycling Nation. With technological innovations in the rides themselves, as well as the establishment of laws and regulations pertinent to cycling around the city-state, it slowly recognises the hobby as something beneficial for its people and environment.
So much so that new urban spaces being built in Singapore, design and build whole areas that a cyclist-friendly. The developer of Paya Lebar Quarter envisions people cycling to work as a means of exercise with connectivity via park connectors that feed into the project.
Where to Cycle in Singapore
In Singapore, some of the best bike trails for the family include Bedok Reservoir Park, Khatib Loop, Pasir Ris Park and the Bukit Timah MTB Trail. Before you go to these places, however, consider applying some sunscreen, as it could get hot in Singapore, especially around 11 am to 3pm. If you can, avoid cycling during these times.
By all means, enjoy recreational cycling but do keep in mind that you are sharing the road with pedestrians and other motorists. Cyclists are reminded to keep in the cycle lanes, as the penalties are now stricter.
Channel News Asia reports that those caught for reckless driving will be penalised up to S$5,000 or face imprisonment of up to six months. A fine of S$3,000 or imprisonment of up to a year will fall upon those failing to render assistance in an accident. Finally, those who cause injury to others will be fined S$5,000.