Full impact of car-lite drive 'in 10 to 15 years'
"The willingness to cycle or walk is guided to a large extent by how the environment is designed,” Dr Alex Erath said in an interview with the Straits Times.
Singapore's Active Mobliity Bill was passed on 10 January, at a time when active moblity initiatives are being rolled out and cycling infrastructure being beefed up.
Dr Alex Erath, principal investigator of the Engaging Mobility research project tells the Straits Times that Singapore has had for a long time "a separation of jobs and residences". As a result, people often have to travel distances greater than 3km to 4km - which is difficult to cover on a bicycle.
But as these changes make the city more cyclist- and pedestrian- friendly, this will change, and motorised travel demand will drop. Dr Erath added that the willingness to cycle or walk is guided to a large extent by how the environment is designed.
At the Future Cities Laboratory, Dr Erath's Engaging Mobility team has been working to understand, design and evaluate active mobility solutions based on travel behaviour research and big data-informed transport simulation, often in close consultation with relevant government agencies.