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Singapore, from a cyclists perspective

I didn’t ride a bike in Singapore and to be honest I didn’t want to. Spending three days in Singapore made me grateful to live in a great cycling city like Adelaide. While I do sometimes complain about the infrastructure that we do have, at least we have it, and we have a political structure that gives us a voice.

Of the people that I did see riding bikes, I only saw one person wearing a helmet and they were riding a reasonable looking road bike. Who was it that said that mandatory helmet laws stop people from cycling?

I saw one bike shop, and I saw a heck of a lot of other types of shops and shopping centres in Singapore.

Singapore’s population at the 2012 census was  5,312,400, that’s 7,315 people per km2 (wikipedia). If Singapore invested time and money into planning it’s transport infrastructure then imagine how many cars would be off the roads?!

A cleaner greener Singapore would be amazing!


On the way to work this morning….

Can you see it?

Connecting Adelaide

I’m a commuter cyclist and a recreational cyclist. As a recreational cyclist I like to ride early in the morning when there are less cars or out into the Adelaide Hills/along the coast on the weekends.

As a commuter cyclist and someone who likes to help motivate other people to cycle I tend to be a bit of an advocate for safer roads and better cycle pathways.

Recently I was in Sydney and stumbled across a really great cycle pathway. It was separated from the road, it was dedicated and it was two way. There were also sections where you could exit and enter the cycleway.
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My vision for the future of cycling in metropolitan Adelaide is to see a representative from each metropolitan council being a member of a planning organisation. This organisation would exist to perform the following tasks:

  • ensuring that cycle pathways are connected between council areas, so that the transition is seamless
  • standardised sign-age across councils
  • the establishment of some well lit high-speed cycling highways that are car free, with a fast surface and no pedestrians
  • community consultation for cycle route planning
My commute from the city to home takes me through Adelaide City Council, Norwood, Payneham and St Peters Council, Burnside Council and Campbelltown Council, all in a 10 km commute. The route that I take home is roughly like this:
I’d like to see these councils talking to each other and having a better understanding of how people travel between council areas. I’d like to see better communication and positive change. I’d like to see more people cycling more often.