The importance of building healthy places has become increasingly apparent, with new awareness of the social and health dimensions of cities. Walking and biking are active mobility options with healthful and social dimensions, and engage people physically in moving through the environment.
More critically, a large element to driving urban development is about how we move around our cities. It is therefore important to understand some of the key issues cities are facing and generate ideas for creating people friendly walking and cycling cities.
As a follow up from our 10 Principles for Liveable High Density Cities: Lessons from Singapore publication, this joint initiative by the Urban Land Institute and the Centre of Liveable Cities encapsulates the importance of healthy places, with walkability and bikeability as important constituents of the initiative. The project engaged a diverse group of individuals and organizations passionate about our cities and how to make them great places that are easy to move around. This e-publication is the outcome of what we had learnt from the process and was launched on 2 June 2014. The final publication will be out in September 2014.
We hope that it will be found useful for both public and private sector groups to create discussions around urban mobility and how to enhance liveability in our cities.
In the space of just four decades, Singapore made the leap from an urban slum to a thriving global city-state. Today, it is a densely populated metropolis, with more than 5 million people inhabiting 710 km2 of land. In most liveable city surveys it is rated one of the few high-density cities that are able to achieve high liveability standards.
Liveable and Sustainable Cities: A Framework examines the roles of Singapore’s pioneering leaders and their innovative policies and enabling processes with a view to discerning the broad principles that contributed to their ability to achieve successful transformation and balanced development. Beyond discussing Singapore’s experience, this book takes a comparative look at the development journeys of selected international cities and concludes that there are broad universal principles of integrated master planning and dynamic urban governance which underlie successful cities.
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Last updated on 1 July, 2014