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According to a research project by government think-tank Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) and US-based research oranization the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Cities that want to go car-lite have to put a stop to cheap and accessible parking. The study aims to formulate ideas that government can use to make cities car-lite.

Results of the study, which is titled “Creating Liveable Cities Through Car-lite Urban Mobility,” were presented at the World Cities Summit at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre.

According to the report, cheap and easy access to parking spaces provided by workplaces encourage people to drive their own cars, despite the presence of accessible public transport. further puting the blame on poor parking policies, which could undermine efforts to go car-lite 


Prioritizing the Pedestrians

Among other ideas presented by the study include putting a higher priority on pedestrians when designing streets. This could mean fewer car space, more focus on public transport, options such as bicycle-sharing, and making sure that government agencies are on the same page on the vision of reducing people’s reliance on private cars.

“Alignment of vision across the board is critical. Cities need to ensure that transport planning is not treated in isolation from other related urban policies,” according to the report.

This is the third joint study by the CLC and ULI. Previous studies were a report on active mobility in the country, and another focusing on urban development.

CLC is launching another publication, this time in collaboration with the Seoul Institute and focusing on walking and cycling. The study suggests that cities should prioritize cyclists and pedestrians over motorists to encourage fewer cars on the road.


A Bolder Approach

Members of an expert panel said that the government needs to take a bolder approach when it comes to implementing car-lite policies.

Mr. Gabe Klein, the former transportation chief of Chicago and Washington DC, claims that while Singapore is doing well at carrying out big infrastructure projects, smaller changes such as taking road space from cars have been more challenging.

“For some things, you just have to do it and you have to explain to the public and stakeholders,” he said.

According to CLC director Hee Limin, more people would use alternative modes of transport on the sidewalk instead of driving cars in the future. “We need to anticipate this and create more space, and one of the ways is to reclaim space from cars,” she added.