Singapore’s first automated bicycle parking system to be found in Kampung Admiralty

CHARLES LEE | 5th September 2016 | NEWS

Singapore’s first automated bicycle parking system is targeted to be launched in early 2017!

Developed as part of Kampung Admiralty, an 11-storey integrated development project in the northern part of Singapore, the automated bicycle parking system will be one of the key amenities in the “modern kampung”.

The Built-To-Order development, which was announced and launched in July 2014, will be located next to Admiralty MRT Station.

Similar to established systems found in Spain and Japan, the automated parking system is designed to store more than 500 bicycles at any one time.  A bicycle is first pushed into a lift before the cyclist receives a parking code or token for subsequent retrieval.  That bicycle is then transported to one of the three underground cylindrical shafts.  Each shaft, with a maximum capacity of 167 bicycles lots, will automatically store the bicycle in the slot that corresponds with the same parking code or token held by the cyclist.

Purportedly the first in the world to operate in underground conditions, bicycles stored in the automated bicycle parking system are said to be secured and protected from weather elements.

The bike parking lots is not free though.  Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure Mr Khaw Boon Wan, who officiated the Topping-Out Ceremony on Saturday (3 September) to mark the completion of the main structure of Kampung Admiralty, told Channel News Asia, “Quite unlike existing bicycle parks, it will be underground, therefore protected from the weather and more importantly it will be secured.  Of course, it costs us a lot more to build this facility and also to run it. So, we need to charge a fee. I hope cyclists will be understanding.”

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is currently studying the pricing models set by the existing systems in other countries.  In Japan, cyclists either pay a monthly subscription to use the parking system or pay according to the parking duration.

The LTA also indicated that there are plans to implement similar bicycle parks in other towns if the one in Kampung Admiralty receives positive user experiences.

Apart from the bike park, Kampung Admiralty will have a two-storey medical centre, an Active Ageing Hub and a childcare centre.  With enhanced focus on accommodation for the elderly, the development has 100 Studio Apartments, which are designed with elderly-friendly features.