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Developers' plans have to consider needs of non-motorists from July

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From July this year, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) will require developers to submit a walking and cycling plan (WCP) so that the needs of pedestrians and cyclists are considered.

From July this year, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) will require developers to submit a walking and cycling plan (WCP) so that the needs of pedestrians and cyclists are considered.

This is line with the government's efforts to make walking, cycling and riding public transport a way of life for Singaporeans.

The WCP ensures that new developments are designed to be thoughtful to the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorists, highlighted LTA and URA in a joint release. This could include provisions for covered walkways or linkways, and safe pedestrian and cyclist crossings. 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 WCP will apply - for a start - to commercial developments such as shopping complexes, offices and business parks as well as schools.

Chew Men Leong, chief executive of LTA, said: "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. There is also room to improve supporting facilities such as bicycle parking and a good signage system, as these facilities can also play an important part in creating a seamless experience for pedestrians and cyclists."

"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," said Ng Lang, chief executive of URA. "For that to happen, we will need to involve all stakeholders. This is an important step in that direction."