Developers need to factor in needs of pedestrians, cyclists from July

Developers for commercial buildings and schools will have to submit a Walking and Cycling Plan (WCP) from July 2016, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) on Tuesday (May 3).

The WCP will apply to commercial developments, such as shopping complexes, offices, business parks, as well as schools, they added in a press release.

This new requirement is so that the needs of pedestrians and cyclists are considered upfront in development plans, the authorities said. 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, they added.

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, they said.

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 authorities added.

“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,” said LTA CEO Chew Men Leong.

“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.”

URA CEO Ng Lang added that 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”.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 3 May 2016

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