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    May 04, 2016

    Developers must cater to cyclists and pedestrians

    DEVELOPERS will soon be required to build facilities such as bicycle parking, shower rooms and lockers as the Government moves to make cycling and walking more attractive transport options.

    From July, developers will have to factor in the "safety, convenience and accessibility" of pedestrians and cyclists into their designs.

    Apart from cycling facilities, they will also have to locate vehicular routes away from those used by pedestrians and cyclists for safety.

    Walking and cycling routes from key transport nodes will have to be reviewed, and provisions made for covered linkways and safe crossings for pedestrians and cyclists.

    These were announced yesterday by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Urban Redevelopment Authority. They are part of the Government's latest push to make active mobility modes - such as bicycles and electric scooters - more viable transport options.

    The Walking and Cycling Plan (WCP) that developers will have to submit will help create a "safer, more accessible and people-friendly environment", said the two agencies in a joint release.

    It will apply first to commercial developments, such as shopping complexes, offices, business parks and schools, where high pedestrian and cyclist traffic is expected.

    In a circular to industry players yesterday, the two agencies said the plans will apply to new developments, as well as major redevelopment of existing buildings.

    The WCP was announced last month during the Budget debates in Parliament, and is part of measures to help Singapore go car-lite.

    LTA chief executive Chew Men Leong said pedestrians and cyclists now have to negotiate traffic across driveways or service roads enroute to their destinations, and the plans would boost accessibility.

    "There is also room to improve supporting facilities such as bicycle parking and a good signage system," he added.

    Developers and users of personal mobility devices (PMDs) welcomed the new rules.

    Richard Paine, managing director of Lendlease's Paya Lebar Central project, felt the new regulation will "facilitate the necessary thinking and discussion to create well-designed, safe and usable facilities".

    UOL deputy group CEO Liam Wee Sin said developers now have to incorporate the needs of pedestrians and cyclists from the start.

    "This initiative shows a mind-set change where we put higher priority on designing for pedestrians and cyclists as against the current preoccupation with vehicular (accessibility) and car parking," he added.

    Elle Cheng, 31, who rides her e-scooter from home in Yishun to her work place in Marsiling daily, hopes facilities would also be provided for users of PMDs.

    While there are now bicycle racks at most developments, such infrastructure does not exist for devices such as e-scooters, noted the business analyst.

    She said users have to take their PMDs into their destinations, where they might obstruct others.