Building a better environment for Cycling and Walking

  Published: 03 May 2016

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) are introducing a new requirement for developers to submit a Walking and Cycling Plan (WCP) so that the needs of pedestrians and cyclists are considered upfront in their development plans. This is part of the government’s efforts to realise the Walk Cycle Ride SG vision, to make walking, cycling and riding public transport a way of life for Singaporeans.

The WCP ensures that new developments are designed to be thoughtful to the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorists. Through good design that minimise conflict between users of different mobility options, we can create a safer, more accessible and people-friendly environment for all.

“We can do more to improve safety and connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists in our built environment.  Often, we see pedestrians and cyclists having to negotiate traffic across driveways, or service roads before they can enter the developments. There is also room to improve supporting facilities such as bicycle parking and a good signage system, as these facilities can also play an important part in creating a seamless experience for pedestrians and cyclists. Therefore, we will work closely with developers to design our built environment with the needs of pedestrians and cyclists in mind. Only then would we be able to encourage more to walk, cycle, and ride the public transport in their daily commute and as part of a more active lifestyle,” said Mr Chew Men Leong, Chief Executive of LTA.

“Making Singapore friendly to people travelling on foot and other forms of light personal mobility devices is an important part of our planning for liveability going forward.  For that to happen, we will need to involve all stakeholders. This is an important step in that direction,” said Mr Ng Lang, Chief Executive Officer of URA.

As part of the WCP, developers will have to plan for the safety, convenience and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists in the development design. The walking and cycling routes from key transport nodes and surrounding areas should be reviewed carefully, with provisions for covered walkways or linkways, and safe pedestrian and cyclist crossings. It should also incorporate facilities for cyclists - such as bicycle parking facilities, shower rooms and lockers. Vehicular routes should be located away from pedestrian and cyclist routes to better ensure safety for these users.

The WCP will be required of developers from July 2016, and will apply for a start, to commercial developments, such as shopping complexes, offices, business parks, as well as schools, where we expect high pedestrian and cyclist traffic.

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