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Policy Forum: sustainable transport solutions for liveable cities

July 23, 2009
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SINGAPORE: Sustainable transportation solutions are critical for the long-term viability of a liveable city, say experts, academia and policy makers at a Policy Forum jointly organised by the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC), Cities Development Initiatives for Asia (CDIA) and LTA Academy today.

Titled “Sustainable Transportation Solutions for Liveable Cities”, the organisers invited Mr Enrique Penalosa, former mayor of Bogota, as well as experts from Asia Development Bank, academia from universities and policy makers from the government, to share their experiences and expertise on developing sustainable transportation solutions as well as discuss how such solutions can be implemented to make cities more liveable.

Director for the Centre of Liveable Cities, Mr Andrew Tan said that with rapid urbanization and increasing urban density, traffic congestion and vehicular emissions are some of the key challenges confronting cities today. In particular, cities in Asia have to find ways to regulate their growing car populations and encourage the greater use of public transport. Singapore has much to share in terms of its own experience in transport management, but we are also interested to learn from others the schemes they have introduced to encourage cleaner and more efficient transport. Mr Enrique Penalosa, former mayor of Bogota agreed and said that what differentiates an advanced city from a backward one are not highways of metros, but the quality of its footpaths.

During the Forum, Mr Mohinder Singh, Director, Research and Planning and Dean of the LTA Academy in the Land Transport Authority (LTA) shared the three key strategies as outlined in the Land Transport Master Plan to build a people-centred land transport system. Making public transport a choice mode, managing road usage, and meeting the diverse needs of the population will be the fundamentals in which Singapore achieves a transportation solution that includes integrated planning of transport networks, technology leverage to help manage road demand and policies to promote environmental sustainability.

The Policy Forum is one of the various platforms organized by the CLC to promote the sharing of challenges confronting cities and solutions from an inter-disciplinary perspective among international and local experts and policy-makers. The CLC and IE Singapore have formed a strategic partnership with CDIA to tap on Singapore’s urban development and management expertise for knowledge-sharing activities and to assist cities in pre-feasibility studies respectively.

Mr Emiel Wegelin, CDIA Program Coordinator emphasized that “CDIA attaches a high priority to urban transportation issues in its work in Asian cities, as it is a relatively neglected area in urban development and management, in spite of it having a major role in structuring the spatial development of cities. CDIA, CLC and IES with experts from the LTA Academy have therefore decided to jointly organize an Asia-wide regional conference on this subject in Singapore in fall this year back to back with the 2nd World Roads Conference, focusing on investment requirements in this sector”.

This Policy Forum was held in collaboration with CDIA, LTA Academy and IE Singapore. The Forum is open to media coverage. For details on the Forum and list of speakers, please refer to the Annex.

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