Cycling lane on road in Seletar to be permanent after 6-month trial, LTA studying more locations

Cyclists using the lane during operating hours (Sundays, 5am-11am) are not limited to groups of 10.

Nigel Chua | April 15, 2023, 01:28 PM

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If you've been to Seletar, you may have seen road lanes along West Camp Road marked out in blue, designating them as cycling lanes.

The blue-lined lanes, spanning 4.6km, were designated for cyclists from Oct. 16, 2022 as part of a six-month trial.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will be making the lanes permanent, citing "positive outcomes" in a statement on Apr. 15, and on Facebook.

What is the significance of the lane?

The cycling lanes are marked out in blue.

Photo provided by LTA.

Special rules apply during its operating hours, which are on Sundays from 5am to 11am.

Only for cyclists and buses during operating hours

The cycling lane is reserved for cyclists and buses during its operating hours.

Motorists are not allowed to use the lanes during this time, but can filter into the lane to turn in and out of the road where there are dotted blue lane markings and red transverse markings.

Cycling lane segments near junctions and development accesses are demarcated by dotted blue lane markings and red transverse markings. Photo via LTA.

Such markings can be found near junctions and development accesses.

"Motorists are reminded to filter onto these stretches carefully as cyclists and buses may be using the lane," said LTA.

No group size limits during operating hours

Also, cyclists using the lane during operating hours are not limited to groups of 10.

Outside of the operating hours, and on regular road lanes, cyclists must restrict their groups to a maximum of 10, with a length of up to five bicycles — i.e. at most five pairs of cyclists riding two abreast.

What was the positive outcome of the trial?

LTA monitored traffic conditions and usage patterns on the cycling lane, and observed that "nearly all" users adhered to their allocated lanes during the operating hours.

The agency also conducted ground surveys to gather user feedback, and said "most respondents" supported the scheme, saying that it provides "a better allocation of space" between different groups of road users.

LTA is looking into implementing the scheme elsewhere too, and said:

"Besides West Camp Road, LTA is studying other location(s) where the Sunday Cycling Lane scheme can potentially be implemented where dedicated road space is provided for large group cycling when vehicular traffic is low."

Top image via LTA