Monday, January 17, 2005

"Vote for Pedal Power"

"Clearly, cycling's numerous benefits – social, health, environmental and economic – make it an important form of transport that planners and policy-makers sideline at their peril.

European cities are world leaders when it comes to accommodating bicycles on the road. Cities in Australia, Canada and the United States too, have been embracing bicycling. It would not be merely a coincidence that most of these cities rank consistently at the top of the Economist survey of the world's most "liveable" cities.

For Singapore to succeed in becoming a Renaissance City, we need to take a leaf from the books of these bicycle-friendly cities and reclaim our roads and public places from the malaise of motorised traffic."

Chin Yih Ling writes in Today, 17th January 2005 to "Vote for Pedal Power" [pdf].