Most Interesting Car-Lite Cities Around The World

Following the introduction of the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint three years ago, Singapore has been careening into a car-lite future. Part of the initiative has been to reduce the annual allowable car growth to zero from February 2018, which made international headlines. What are some initiatives taken by other global cities to reduce car ownership dependency? Let’s find out.

1. Oslo, Norway – No More Cars by 2019

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Oslo has an ambitious plan to ban all cars from the city centre by 2019. This includes replacing 35 miles (approx. 105 km) of roads with bike lanes, as well as investing heavily in public transportation infrastructure.

What we learned:

While this may not be exactly feasible for Singapore given our limited land size, it will be green and nice to have car-free bicycle zones given the influx of bike-sharing programmes.

2. Chengdu, China – Walk anywhere under 15 minutes

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Envisioned as a prototype, the “Great City” masterplan for the Chinese city of Chengdu aims to create an environmentally friendly, sustainable eco-city where the infrastructure is so integrated as to enable you to reach your destination in 15 minutes or less – via walking.

What we learned:

Design matters. More connected and sheltered walkways please! This would ease up on Singapore’s overburdened infrastructure, while reducing pollution caused by diesel fuels.

3. Brussels, Belgium – Free public transport

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In Brussels, Belgians get to enjoy free public transportation on days of high pollution. Citizens may use an app to monitor air pollution levels. In addition, all city buses are schedules to be wholly electrified by 2030.

What we learned:

Free public transportation will increase usage, and prompt citizens to consider alternative routes of transportation. Remember the early morning free MRT rides? And electrified buses? Yes please!

4. Paris, France – Car-free Sundays

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For a few Sundays per month, Paris elects to go car-free. Enjoy the famous Champs-Elysees Avenue free of noise and air pollution from diesel fuels. By 2020, the city intends to double its 700km of cycling paths.

What we learned:

Singapore has our own car-free Sundays – Ann Siang Road, Club Street and Haji Lane all close regularly to automobile traffic on weekend evenings. Watch as food and beverage establishments spill out onto the streets.

5. Taipei, Taiwan – “Bicycle Kingdom”

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Cycling in Taipei is up 30 per cent since the government introduced a bike-sharing scheme eight years ago. “Bicycle Kingdom” – as the largest exporter of bicycles in the world – takes on another meaning here as residents increasingly favour the bicycle as their preferred last-mile transportation option.

What we learned:

To create an established cycling network requires advanced infrastructure such as wider shared pavements and designated cycling paths. The bicycle is an increasingly versatile and complementary mobility option, easy and convenient to fit into our daily transportation route.

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