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Title: THE SPATIAL IMPLICATIONS OF A CAR-LITE SOCIETY ON URBAN PLANNING IN SINGAPORE
Authors: TNG WEI HAO JOEL
Keywords: Real Estate
RE
Wong Khei Mie Grace
2015/2016 RE
Car-lite
Urban planning
Issue Date: 4-May-2016
Citation: TNG WEI HAO JOEL (2016-05-04). THE SPATIAL IMPLICATIONS OF A CAR-LITE SOCIETY ON URBAN PLANNING IN SINGAPORE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The car-lite agenda in Singapore is a fundamental shift in urban planning that prioritizes active urban mobility over car-ownership and usage. The present land-use allocation for road infrastructure is significant, accounting for an equal proportion as housing, at 12 percent of land area. This study thus investigated the spatial implications that car-lite society would entail, and its impacts on various stakeholder groups. Through public surveys, interviews with transport and planning experts, and on-site analyses, a consistent agenda for improvements to public transport was established, prioritising convenience over factors of cost and comfort. The findings established that commute to workplaces and urban nodes should take no more than 65.1 minutes via public transport, or 1.94 times the duration of private transport. This was perceived to be achievable via the decentralisation of commercial and industrial clusters, which was assessed to be able to reduce commute to the city centre by 61 percent, regardless of where people resided. Consequently, demand for car park facilities may be reduced, and minimum parking requirements for developments should be lifted to further discourage car-usage. This could save as much as 24.4 sqm of land area per car. An infrastructure that supports active mobility is also more likely to induce commuters to make the switch towards a car-lite lifestyle. Finally, the aforementioned planning strategies should be complemented with social strategies such as campaigns and advocacy, so as to entrench the notion that active mobility precedes car-usage and the desirability of car-ownership.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/222572
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