URA’s Study on cycling route from Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park to Kallang River Side Park

URA is inviting consultants to undertake a planning study to propose design and technical solutions to improve the experience.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Tuesday (Jun 30) said it is calling for ideas to see if the Kallang Park Connector, which links Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and Kallang Riverside Park, can be improved such that it can serve as a commuter cycling route.

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The route, which was completed in 1992, has places which require cyclists to dismount, make long detours or carry their bicycles across overhead bridges. Even though some of them have bicycle gutters to make the process more convenient for cyclists, not all groups of people, especially the elderly, might find them easy to use.

For example, to cross the Pan Island Expressway, cyclists must dismount and push their bicycles 250m to cross the Kallang River along a narrow footpath alongside PIE, cross a high pedestrian overhead bridge, and cycle 300m on narrow sidewalks in a landed housing estate before they re-join the Kallang Park Connector.

Authorities have said that looking at minimising such disruptions is the crux of the exercise. 

Said the National Parks Board's (NParks) assistant director of Park Planning Henry Hee: "The whole idea is to bring this space nearer to people, where they stay and work. It links them to these major parks and sites, so that they too can start their recreation from where they are, all the way to the parks and sites."

The URA called for an Expression of Interest on Tuesday, inviting consultants to undertake a planning study to propose design and technical solutions to improve the experience.

“Due to its alignment, this Park Connector has the potential to serve as a key commuter cycling route from central Singapore to the south,” said the URA in the media release.

The agency has identified seven locations along the 10km-long park connector where pedestrians and cyclists’ journeys are currently affected or interrupted by major roads and expressways.

Possible solutions include cycling-friendly ramps and bridges over roads and water bodies in constrained sites, which would also meeting vehicular height clearances.

The construction process cannot adversely compromise drainage or vehicular capacity. For proposed underpasses, studies must be conduced to ensure the stability of the existing Kallang River drain wall, existing vehicular bridge footings, or existing underground services are not compromised.

"One of the major challenges will be working within the space constraints, to find space for the ramps," said Ms Joycelyn Yik, executive planner at URA. "But even when we do that, we have to bear in mind that the construction will have to negotiate with the Kallang River water body, which is an important drain. We wouldn't want to affect the draining capacity during or after the construction. It also affects the expressways and the roads. So we wouldn't want to affect the integrity of those structures either."

Interested teams can submit their proposals and other information by Aug 24. From this, the URA will shortlist up to five teams of consultants to participate in the second stage in October. The successful team that will undertake the planning study will be announced in the second quarter of next year.

The study is expected to take a year to complete. The URA also said that its an “exploratory study”, and the course of action thereafter will be determined based on the findings and the costs involved.

More information on the tender process is available at http://ura.sg/bishantocity

Source: Channel News Asia 30 Jun 2015

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