Singaporeans who picked up cycling during the pandemic will be glad to know directions designed for navigating the city on two wheels are now available.
Internet giant Google announced today that it has incorporated cycling directions into its popular Google Maps app, allowing cyclists to reach various destinations via bike-friendly routes – while adhering to Singapore law. A total of 6,800 kilometers of cycling trails and directions can now be found on the app with assistance from the transport authority and the National Parks Board, or NParks, the company said.
“In Singapore we’ve seen a huge spike in searches on Google for cycling routes, with a jump of 75% from 2020, and an increase of 400% from 2019, so it’s clear that Singaporeans are keen to get on their bikes,” spokesperson Cordula Oertel said in a news release.
The company said Singapore was the first nation in Southeast Asia to receive the upgrade.
There are very few cycling lanes in Singapore, with many cyclists sharing sidewalks with pedestrians or roads with motorists. Cycling is banned on expressways and in tunnels.
Information such as cycling restrictions can also be found on the app.