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Updated: 02/01/2013 04:48 | By Channel NewsAsia

Will Singaporeans cycle to work?

Will Singaporeans cycle to work?


Will Singaporeans cycle to work?

SINGAPORE: While many Singaporeans have taken up cycling for leisure, National Development Minister Khaw Boon said the real test is “ will Singaporeans cycle to work?

At his meeting with reporters on Thursday morning, Mr Khaw spoke about how many Singaporeans these days are taking up cycling.

He related his own experience trying to cycle from home to work but said at some points it was tough because the infrastructure did not support it.

He said there must be facilities available to suit that lifestyle change.

And that is one reason why the government is looking at building park connectors. In future, all new towns will feature dedicated bicycle lanes.

This is of course also tied in to alleviating road congestion as people move to different modes of transport.

Mr Khaw also spoke about how lifestyles and aspirations may change with technology, and that the Singapore of today may be very different from the future.

Technology too plays a big part in this as Mr Khaw offered Singaporeans a glimpse into the future — driverless cars.

He added driverless cars will have huge impact on private transportation.

Driverless cars are already being tested in the US.

Mr Khaw gave the example as car prices continue to rise in Singapore with authorities aiming to get more Singaporeans to switch to public transport.

— CNA/fa

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