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Better facilities needed for cyclists at Sports Hub

I went cycling recently from Kallang to Tampines, starting at the National Stadium, which is billed as a major new centre for all forms of fitness.

I went cycling recently from Kallang to Tampines, starting at the National Stadium, which is billed as a major new centre for all forms of fitness.

Astonishingly, there is no official cycling-path access to the stadium complex — only from Tanjong Rhu, which is over a pedestrian bridge.

Users wishing to cycle to the National Stadium from the north, east or west must either brave expressways or ride on footpaths illegally. And once there, the lack of public bicycle-parking facilities is equally bewildering for a sports centre.

Consequently, bicycles are parked at random, locked to trees, railings and posts, and even wheeled inside the shopping and sports areas by anxious owners, for security.

The contrast when I reached Tampines was stark: Plenty of secure, multi-level bicycle parking racks at key locations around the town centre, excellent signage at crossings on various dedicated cycling paths and even traffic lights for bicycles at major intersections.

Best of all, I met a group of cycling wardens who shared their time and knowledge with me about safe cycling in their town, selecting good equipment and sharing space with pedestrians on cycling paths.

The Sports Hub planners and management could learn a thing or two from Tampines Group Representation Constituency if they are serious about providing a location that supports all forms of fitness.

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