Bicycle transport in Nanyang Technological University
Tan, Su Wen
Date of Issue2015
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Centre for Infrastructure Systems
As non-motorised transport expands across the world, Singapore is starting to promote and support cycling as a form of transport. This project looks into first and last mile connectivity that cycling provides by focusing on commuters that travel to and from the Pioneer Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Station to the Nanyang Technological University Campus. The feasibility of a bike-share scheme is assessed with regard to the commuter demand and the existing infrastructure. The aim of the project is to make a case for the introduction of cycling as a mainstream mode of transport to promote green mobility around and beyond the campus. In the literature review, cycling plans for Singapore is explored, highlighting the relevance and direction of Singapore’s transportation scene. A study of bike-share schemes in other cities is also done, to gather an understanding of what typical bike-share schemes are like and how they affect commuters For a more localised understanding of bike-sharing in Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the current transport situation and amenities are evaluated. It is hoped that through this project, cycling demand can be understood to a greater extent. Cycling demand is affected by a variety of factors, including comfort, weather, distance and demographics. A more in-depth understanding of cycling demand help to shape future policy and planning frameworks. Hoping to meet the requirements of both demand and supply sides of bicycling transport to NTU, the demand for cycling is assessed in a site survey at Pioneer MRT Station and the infrastructure is studied in trial assessment of the route. The project gains an understanding over commuters’ opinions of cycling as a mode of transport. It was found that the most encouraging factor for commuters to cycle is that cycling will help reduce the crowds and the most discouraging factors were the hot weather and unsafe roads that they had to experience on their bicycle journey. It was also found that amenities and current road conditions were inadequate to create an environment friendly enough for commuters to cycle to the campus, as there were narrow roads and hilly terrain. It is suggested that the footpath be widened for pedestrian and cyclist sharing. The Jurong West Extension area already has a strong cycling culture. The addition of NTU commuters will help to strengthen this culture and further promote non-motorised transport within the area. By creating a cycle-friendly culture and environment for commuters, it is a small but sure step to green mobility and reduction in our reliance on motorised transport.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University