SYSTRA signed a Safe Riding Programme in Singapore
Developed by SYSTRA’s subsidiary in Singapore for the Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA), the Safe Riding Programme was revealed to the public on Sunday 26th February. For our subsidiary specialized in consultancy, it is a new type of contract as it ventures into the active mobility scene, which is catching up fast with more emphasis on walking and cycling as transportation alternative modes.
An offer combining technical and societal expertise
While it may seem that traditional safety schools might win the bid, SYSTRA added value in the outcome of social responses to technical aspects of safety. The development of the programme is policy and education-based, which required the understanding of how the syllabus will be received by different target groups.
SYSTRA has had also the opportunity to showcase its strengths in planning and policymaking for pedestrians and bicycle users, which is away from the car-centric norm.
Theory and practice
Won in May last year, the Safe Riding Programme includes a theory section as well as recommendations for practical circuit courses to test one’s ability on the bicycle (or PMD) Through the course of developing the syllabus, several focus groups were invited to test and improve prototypes. Eventually, the course duration was shortened from half-day to a 90-minute session with online public resources made available.
While the theory session is covered in the beginning, the practical section putse participants in a training circuit that simulates scenarios often encountered on the roads or on shared paths.
Growth of new mobility with bicycles and Personal mobility devices (PMD)
Unveiled at a sneak peak presentation during the February Car Free Sunday, the programme will be officially launched come July at selected community centres, schools and migrant workers dormitories. Next summer, Singapore residents will benefit from 90-minute lessons on safe riding practices. The target? Cyclists and PMD- users, i.e. riders on Personal mobility devices such as electric scooters, e-bikes, and bicycles.
These mobility devices are more and more used by Singaporeans, young as well as old people. The Senior Minister of State for Transport, Josephine Teo, has said to the Parliament it was “essential to Singapore’s transition to car-lite mobility, centred on public transport”. But it’s not without causing troubles: a Bill on Active Mobility is also under progress, because the more bicycles and PMDs gain popularity, the more the authorities want to protect the pedestrians.