Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Walking and cycling for sustainable mobility in Singapore

by Koh, P.P., Wong, Y. D., Chandrasekar, P. and Ho, S.T.

Singapore, a small island of 712 km2 and a population of over 5 millions in 2010, has seen the rising importance of non-motorised transport (in particular walking and cycling), as part of the fresh impetus to de-carbonize its environment. The land-scare country, with recent, substantive population growth and tight planning population (pegged at 6.5 millions), needs comprehensive planning of its inhabitants’ mobility in future. Non-motorised transport could be one of the viable solutions. This paper summarises the current development of non-motorised transport facilities in Singapore. It also discusses the usage behaviour of pedestrians and cyclists. An acceptability matrix to assess the operating characteristics of shared footways is developed. Several key factors that influence the choice behaviour between walking versus cycling are established.
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