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Looking for cycling enthusiasts/experts for research trip

Post by TimKallenbach » Wed, 09 Jan 2013 8:13 pm

Hello everyone,

My name is Tim Kallenbach and I am a third year Human Geography bachelor student from the University of Amsterdam. Together with about 25 students and 8 experts I'll be visiting Singapore from the 20th till the 26th of January for a study/research trip mainly on sustainable development. Some of the research themes are themes like Green Infrastructure and Urban Resilience, Public Housing and Social Diversity. My research group is focussing on Transport Planning and Sustainable Mobility. Together with my colleague student our subgroup will focus on cycling in Singapore.

We noticed that even though Singapore would be a perfect environment for cycling in everyday use, still only 1% of the population is using the bicycle as a mode of transport. Keeping the need for sustainable transport systems in mind, our research focus lies in what can be the function or role of cycling to improve a sustainable transport system in Singapore. Are the people of Singapore willing to use a bike for everyday transport? And is there any existing policy on cycling(facilities) and bicycle lanes? Besides the infrastructural side of bicycle use we will also focus on the social acceptance and awareness of cycling.

In short I would really like to talk to cycling enthusiasts for a short interview and/or get information about the cycling culture in Singapore and what you think about the future of cycling in your country. The results of our (short) research will be presented on the University of Singapore on the 25th of January.
If you are willing to help me out and you have some spare time somewhere between the 20th and 25th of January please leave a message.

Thank you in advance,

Regards,

Tim Kallenbach
University of Amsterdam

ps. If you have any other information about who to contact or tips for conducting our research, this would also be very welcome!

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Re: Looking for cycling enthusiasts/experts for research tri

Post by sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 09 Jan 2013 11:24 pm

Tim,

Why don't you start here:

http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php? ... &Itemid=74

For the record, because of the cost of car ownership here (where a piece of paper that allows you to buy a ridiculously overpriced 1600 cc Toyota costs around $92,000 at the moment (and is only good for 10 years) This by the way, does NOT include the price of the Toyota and the 150% import tax. Add to this road tax every year and ERP (Electronic Road Pricing which can easily cost you $20/day if you work in the Central Business District) Plus the better part of $20/day for parking in the CBD, and you will understand why Drivers here do not give a fig about people on bicycles and try to force you off the road. Add to that, limited land space and road space and you have a recipe for disaster.

But they have tried various schemes and on area of note that you might investigate is the "New Town" of Pasir Ris where cycling IS part of the culture or at least an attempt is being made to accommodate bicycles in greater numbers.

Good luck on your study, but remember, to cage drivers here you are nothing but road kill that just has managed to avoid it thus far.

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TimKallenbach wrote:Hello everyone,

My name is Tim Kallenbach and I am a third year Human Geography bachelor student from the University of Amsterdam. Together with about 25 students and 8 experts I'll be visiting Singapore from the 20th till the 26th of January for a study/research trip mainly on sustainable development. Some of the research themes are themes like Green Infrastructure and Urban Resilience, Public Housing and Social Diversity. My research group is focussing on Transport Planning and Sustainable Mobility. Together with my colleague student our subgroup will focus on cycling in Singapore.

We noticed that even though Singapore would be a perfect environment for cycling in everyday use, still only 1% of the population is using the bicycle as a mode of transport. Keeping the need for sustainable transport systems in mind, our research focus lies in what can be the function or role of cycling to improve a sustainable transport system in Singapore. Are the people of Singapore willing to use a bike for everyday transport? And is there any existing policy on cycling(facilities) and bicycle lanes? Besides the infrastructural side of bicycle use we will also focus on the social acceptance and awareness of cycling.

In short I would really like to talk to cycling enthusiasts for a short interview and/or get information about the cycling culture in Singapore and what you think about the future of cycling in your country. The results of our (short) research will be presented on the University of Singapore on the 25th of January.
If you are willing to help me out and you have some spare time somewhere between the 20th and 25th of January please leave a message.

Thank you in advance,

Regards,

Tim Kallenbach
University of Amsterdam

ps. If you have any other information about who to contact or tips for conducting our research, this would also be very welcome!
SOME PEOPLE TRY TO TURN BACK THEIR ODOMETERS. NOT ME. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHY I LOOK THIS WAY. I'VE TRAVELED A LONG WAY, AND SOME OF THE ROADS WEREN'T PAVED. ~ Will Rogers

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Post by DaveC » Sat, 12 Jan 2013 7:54 am

Sadly I'd have to agree with that. I travelled here by bike from the UK and while I witnessed far worse driving standards elsewhere (china, and Kazakh/Uzbekistan are seriously scary!) I've never seen anything close to the disregard drivers have here for cyclists. Those locals who do cycle will stick purely to the pavements and as frustrating as that is for me as a pedestrian I can't say a blame them!

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Post by rajagainstthemachine » Sun, 20 Jan 2013 1:57 pm

haha good luck with that your experiment will create more road kill than awareness as people on cars think roads are their god given right of way :lol:

just kidding but good luck with your research

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