Singapore’s approach to urban mobility has been widely regarded as a policy success story. From curbing private car ownership to improving public transportation services, the government has continually sought to balance the mobility needs of the people with economic growth and a sustainable environment. In 2014, the government launched a new Sustainable Singapore Blueprint to guide the nation’s development over the next 15 years. By prioritising measures to reduce reliance on private transport in the Blueprint, the government signalled its commitment to a “car-lite” vision.
Building on this, the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) held a series of dialogue sessions led by Dr Limin Hee and Mr Scott Dunn to explore the future of urban mobility through solutions such as car-free neighbourhoods, car-sharing, autonomous vehicles, and consolidated goods movement. To realise a “car-lite” vision in Singapore, a wider range of well-integrated, efficient, and comfortable alternative mobility options is needed so that Singaporeans will no longer feel the need to drive. At the same time, the potential impact on land use, development rights, real estate value and alternative roadway use should also be evaluated.
Taking input from public- and private-sector stakeholders as well as a distinguished review panel, this book offers ten ideas to prepare cities for a “car-lite” future. These ideas can guide policymakers, governments and businesses in understanding how mobility changes as density increases and technologies disrupt in order to better plan for infrastructure that enhances liveability.