SYS-CON MEDIA Authors: Scott Bampton, Greg Ness, Elizabeth White, Glenn Rossman, Pat Romanski

News Feed Item

Urban Land Institute and Centre for Liveable Cities Provide Lessons for Improving Walkability and Bikeability in Singapore



Research recommendations show multiple benefits of promoting "Active Mobility" in tropical cities

Singapore, June 2, 2014 - (ACN Newswire) - The Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC), together with renowned Danish architect and urban designer Jan Gehl, have presented the results of their "Active Mobility" research study. The study examined local cycling and pedestrian issues in Singapore and provided lessons on making the city become more liveable. The research concluded that "Active Mobility" has multiple benefits ranging from economics to environmental and that promoting active travel requires all stakeholders of a city to focus on people as a starting point.

This study distilled lessons from the experiences of Singapore and other cities and identified strategies for promoting walking and cycling in tropical cities. Workshop discussions with Jan Gehl called for a shift from a motorist-oriented to a people-first approach for cities. These ideas include greater emphasis on safety for more vulnerable road users - pedestrians and cyclists - through redesign of junctions, as well as according these users appropriate priority with continuous sidewalks, at-grade crossings, and shared streets at high pedestrian volume areas.

To make active travel a more comfortable and attractive option for people in tropical cities, the study also suggested that the infrastructure should make it more conducive for people to walk and cycle continuously and efficiently. Cycling and walking infrastructure should also be integrated with public transit to make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to use public transit for longer trips and complete their journeys on foot or bicycles.

Another key lesson was for street tree planting and sheltered public walkways, which Singapore has been extensively providing through NPark's street planting efforts and URA's development guidelines, to also contribute towards ensuring pedestrian and cyclist comfort. Developers and building owners should also be encouraged through building guidelines to install end-of-trip amenities such as bathrooms with showers or even drop-and-go laundries in offices.

"The release of the 'Active Mobility' research study is the result of bringing together a diverse group of people to discuss land development issues within high-density cities," said Scott Dunn, Vice President, AECOM Southeast Asia, ULI Singapore Council. "I am excited about the outcomes of the research that
create some guidance about to make our urban environment conducive for active mobility and I hope that the research can be used as a reference point for decision makers in other tropical cities as well as in other cities facing similar challenges."

"The research on creating healthy places through active mobility will not only make people healthier, but make cities more liveable as well. Like Jan Gehl has observed, cities like Singapore are quite into Sunday cycling, on our wonderful park connectors. Now, the challenge is how to bring Sunday cycling onto Monday cycling, where it could be a viable alternative to taking motorised transport. Cities will be better for it, as walking and cycling takes up so much less precious space," added Dr Limin Hee, Director, Centre for Liveable Cities.

The research findings were put before a response panel including; Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Melbourne; Marilyn Jordan Taylor, Dean and Paley Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Design & Former ULI Chairman; H.E. Ridwan Kamil, Mayor of Bandung; Scott Dunn, Vice President, AECOM Southeast Asia & ULI Singapore Council; and Dr Limin Hee, Director, Centre for Liveable Cities.

Click to view the online e-book and video for "Active Mobility for Creating Healthy Places".
- http://www.clc.gov.sg/documents/books/active_mobility/index.html
- http://uli.org/videos/creating-healthy-places-active-mobility/

About the Urban Land Institute

The Urban Land Institute (www.uli.org) is a global non-profit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has more than 30,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.

About the Centre for Liveable Cities

The Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) was set up in 2008 by the Ministry of National Development and the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, based on a strategic blueprint developed by Singapore's Inter-Ministerial Committee on Sustainable Development. Guided by its mission to distil, create and share knowledge on liveable and sustainable cities, the Centre's work spans three main areas - Research, Capability Development, and Promotions. (www.clc.gov.sg)

Media Contacts

Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Asia
Cheryl Pan
Direct Tel: +852 2967 8787
Email: [email protected]

Ministry of National Development, Singapore
Tricia Chiu
Direct Tel: +65 6908 7128 / +65 8183 5710
Email: [email protected]

Yvonne Cheong
Phone: +65 6908 7198/ +65 9048 6311
E-mail: [email protected]


Source: World Cities Summit

Copyright 2014 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved.

More Stories By ACN Newswire

Copyright 2008 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of ACN Newswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of ACN Newswire. ACN Newswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
The 4th International DevOps Summit, co-located with16th International Cloud Expo – being held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY – announces that its Call for Papers is now open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and ...
We live in a time when seconds – even milliseconds – can have a dramatic economic impact on your company’s future. With technology being the primary conduit for consumer interaction, the user experience is at center stage. User experience will be a deciding factor in separating the future winners from the losers. By building more speed and agility into the application delivery process, DevOps prom...
When an enterprise builds a hybrid IaaS cloud connecting its data center to one or more public clouds, security is often a major topic along with the other challenges involved. Security is closely intertwined with the networking choices made for the hybrid cloud. Traditional networking approaches for building a hybrid cloud try to kludge together the enterprise infrastructure with the public clou...
Ixia develops amazing products so its customers can connect the world. Ixia helps its customers provide an always-on user experience through fast, secure delivery of dynamic connected technologies and services. Through actionable insights that accelerate and secure application and service delivery, Ixia's customers benefit from faster time to market, optimized application performance and higher-qu...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Stratogent will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Stratogent is a custom managed services organization based in San Mateo, California. We design, implement, and support mission critical infrastructure 24x7 on premises, in datacenters and in t...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Grid Dynamics, the leading provider of scalable eCommerce technology solutions, will exhibit at DevOps Summit Silicon Valley, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Grid Dynamics is a leading provider of open, scalable, next-generation commerce technology solutions for Tier 1 retail. Grid Dynamics h...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Harbinger Systems will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Harbinger Systems is a global company providing software technology services. Since 1990, Harbinger has developed a strong customer base worldwide. Its customers include software product...
SYS-CON Events announces a new pavilion on the Cloud Expo floor where WebRTC converges with the Internet of Things. Pavilion will showcase WebRTC and the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices--co...
The only place to be June 9-11 is Cloud Expo & @ThingsExpo 2015 East at the Javits Center in New York City. Join us there as delegates from all over the world come to listen to and engage with speakers & sponsors from the leading Cloud Computing, IoT & Big Data companies. Cloud Expo & @ThingsExpo are the leading events covering the booming market of Cloud Computing, IoT & Big Data for the enterp...
Docker offers a new, lightweight approach to application portability. Applications are shipped using a common container format and managed with a high-level API. Their processes run within isolated namespaces that abstract the operating environment independently of the distribution, versions, network setup, and other details of this environment. This "containerization" has often been nicknamed "th...