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Bedok gets new red cycling paths

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has opened the first 5km of the planned 13km bike paths, with the rest to be opened next month, reported The Straits Times.

The paths run along Sims Avenue East, Chai Chee Road, Bedok North Street 2, Bedok North Avenue 3 and New Upper Changi Road.

“When the entire network is completed, it will feature additional bicycle crossings, bicycle parking boxes and wheeling ramps to make it safer and more conducive for cycling,” said the LTA spokesman.

Painted red, the new paths around Bedok are modelled after the paths first used in Ang Mo Kio, which served as the test bed for new cycling infrastructure.

The LTA noted that the red lanes are popular with residents since they could be easily distinguished from regular footpaths.

“The prominent hue of these cycling paths also help alert pedestrians to the presence of cyclists and personal mobility device users,” it added.

The government began construction of the cycling network in the middle of 2015.

Bedok is poised to be Singapore’s ninth cycling town by 2018, joining the likes of Pasir Ris, Punggol and Jurong Lake District.

The government targets to construct cycling paths along all 26 Housing Board towns comes 2030, contributing to a nationwide network of 700km.

To date, the network is now at over 400km.

 

This article was edited by Keshia Faculin.

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Kampung Admiralty gets highest accolade for landscape architecture

Featuring a “vertical kampung” design, Kampung Admiralty complex is poised to receive an award for outstanding landscape architecture today, reported The Straits Times.

The 11-storey hub, which integrates residential units with shops, eldercare and childcare centres and medical facilities, also boasts of a combined rooftop community park, rainwater catchment area and edible garden.

The building will receive this year’s Outstanding Award, which is the highest accolade, at the Skyrise Greenery Awards.

Now in its seventh edition, the awards were launched in 2008 by the National Parks Board (NParks) to recognise excellence in landscape architecture within the city-state.

Thirteen other developments are also set to receive Excellence Awards for their excellence in skyrise greenery designs or Special Awards for certain merits like an edible rooftop garden.

Submissions were evaluated based on building types: community facilities, educational institutions, commercial or industrial, small-scale residentials and multi-unit residentials.

Prizes include certificates, plaques and trophies for all the winning developers. However, the Outstanding, Excellence and Special Awards winners will also receive S$ 8,000, S$ 1,500 and S$ 500, respectively.

NParks revealed that their work with various agencies to take on innovative approach towards Singapore’s land scarcity and rapid urban development by building greenery within urban landscapes had set the stage for the biennial awards’ creation.

This year’s awards saw a record submission of 177, up 40 percent from 2015.

The Skyrise Greenery Awards form part of the International Skyrise Greenery Conference, which runs until tomorrow, in conjunction with this year’s international GreenUrbanScape Asia (Gusa) conference.

Held until Sunday at the Singapore Expo, Gusa features exhibitions on the latest greenery projects, urban methods and technology.

 

This article was edited by Keshia Faculin.

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