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    May 10, 2016

    More joy for cyclists at MRT stations

    TO MOVE towards being a country that is car-lite, whose citizens prefer the bike or public transport, MRT stations on the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) will be built with about three times more space for bicycle parking than at older stations here.

    But older stations will also see more bicycle parking spaces added, starting at those with the "most acute shortage", Senior Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo told Parliament yesterday.

    New stations will have a minimum of 100 to 300 bicycle parking spaces, up from 40 to 100 now on older MRT lines.

    The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said yesterday the new provisions will apply to the TEL, which will open in stages from 2019.

    Parking convenience would bolster efforts to make cycling a more attractive choice for the first- and last-mile of trips.

    Cycling makes up only 1 to 2 per cent of all trips now.

    There are more than 800 bicycle parking lots across eight MRT stations in the city area.

    Last week, the Government announced developers will soon have to submit a Walking and Cycling Plan (WCP) for new developments. This will require them to include facilities such as lockers and bicycle parking in building designs.

    Yesterday, Mrs Teo also said LTA would be "seeking powers to mandate bicycle parking standards for private residential, commercial and community developments", including those in the city.

    These will fall under the WCP that developers would have to submit from July.

    Currently, the guidelines in place by LTA, for instance, that private developers build one bicycle parking space for every six residential units, are not compulsory.

    Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Darryl David asked in Parliament yesterday if the Government would consider building bicycle terminals in the city, with facilities such as showers.

    Mrs Teo pointed out that even if these terminals were provided, users would still have to go from there to their final destinations.