Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sports Hub in the news and their reply

After the posting on the lack of bike parking at the Singapore latest Sportshub last week, I was glad that the straits time picked up the issue.
Their reply was published and there are plans to have bike racks installed. Yayyhhh! 

Excerpts of it " Asked why there were no parking facilities for bicycles, Mr Robert Gambardella, chief of Sport Singapore's Singapore Sports Institute, said plans are in the works to integrate cycling infrastructure into the venue.

He said both Sport Singapore and Sportshub Pte Ltd, which manages the venue, have been studying where to install new bike parking facilities since the Sports Hub opened.
We want to place the racks in a strategic position, where there's lots of light and (the racks are) within sight so it's safe and secure," he said.
Mr Oon Jin Teik, chief operating officer of Sportshub Pte Ltd, said the company will install at least eight to 12 clusters of bike racks around the 35ha venue - hopefully by the end of the year.
"(When the Sports Hub opened) we wanted to observe the flow of foot traffic, so we could put these racks where end-users prefer," he said.
Addressing complaints from cyclists, he said: "We apologise and hope the public will have some patience."
Ok, now for the not so good part. There wasn't a definite date when it will be done by. Is cycling so low on the Sports Hub piority list? 
Now all it takes for an unpleasant experience is to have another chap's bike getting locked and it gets posted on the internet.....
As seen on Straits Time on Sat. 24th August 2014 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dear Singapore Sports Hub.....please don't forget the cycling community.

On 21 Aug 2014, someone posted this picture on Facebook:
“Anybody knows where i can park my bike in sports hub? I cycle to work everyday and have been parking on the basement for the past 3 weeks without any issue then suddenly issued me a warning ticket. I don't see any bike parking lots outside the establishment”
The person added this photo of the warning ticket:
Taken from Lovecyclingsg Face book page
Let’s have a look at the Singapore Sports Hub’s website to see if they have any information about arriving there by bicycle and the parking of bicycles. A quick look at the Singapore Sports Hub’s webpage, “Getting Here”, revealed that there are many ways to get there. But I was very sad to discover that cycling isn’t one of them.
Taken from Sporthub webpage
In its webpage entitled “Sports Hub Project”, the Singapore Sports Hub dedicates itself as a public facility to promote sports to all:

       “Come June 2014, it will serve as a dedicated venue where Singaporeans can come together as a community to watch, play and support sports and entertainment.
The Singapore Sports Hub will be a fully integrated, state-of-the-art destination that will be open year-round to the public and will provide a variety of unique experiences, including community programming, Experience Sports initiatives and public facilities for everyday use.
Targeting all demographics – from elite athletes to the general public – the Singapore Sports Hub campus will ultimately be a space where Singaporeans can experience sports and entertainment.

The sport of cycling has an extremely low carbon footprint, does not contribute to traffic jams, and provides a good means of exercise. Commuting by bicycle is also increasingly popular for many who live in Singapore. So, why wouldn’t a venue like the Singapore Sports Hub support this healthy and sustainable mode of transport by providing parking for bicycles? 
Currently housing the world’s largest dome-shaped structure, the Singapore Sports Hub costs S$1.3-billion[1] and sits on 35 hectares (86.4 acres) of land[2]. Surely, cost and space could not have been the reasons why bicycle parking fixtures were omitted. So why aren’t there any legal places to park a bicycle within our glorious, world-class Sports Hub?
Speaking of parking, check out the FAQ on getting to the Singapore Sport Hub; more than two-thirds of the FAQ is dedicated to paid parking for cars. I wonder why.
We hope that the Singapore Sports Hub will look into this matter of providing parking spaces for bicycles soon.

Darren Siow, cyclist 
Taiwoon , cyclist


It's illegal to cycle at Bedok Town Centre

I saw this today and it said "Beware if you cycle at Bedok Town Centre" and it came from the East Coast Town Council Facebook page.  Oh wow, they are now catching and issuing summons to cyclists for illegal cycling at the Town Centre. 190 comments since 22nd Aug and rising.
More here too
Before jumping into conclusion... I posted on their page requesting more information. Let's see why they chose this drastic action.
Reply from East Coast Town Council on their page:
Added Francis Chu comments
"Desmond, Bing ChengDennis LH Cheong and a few of us were there a few months back to observe the crowded town centre and the cyclists riding passed. I took some video and we all saw cyclist and pedestrian can be mixed safely. Majority of cyclists slows down when there are people in front of them, a few choose to go side way where there is more room for overtaking. 
The photos post by East Coast Town Council shows there were hardly anyone in the town centre. Is the ban 24/7? It confuses people if they have to dismount and push when the town centre is empty and perfectly safe to cycle through. 
I feel what we really want to target is those very few dangerous cyclists. I'd suggest to catch the few "black sheep" when the crowd is there, and do punish them heavily and make it very transparent that the authority will not tolerate such anti-social behavior. But asking all cyclist (mostly very considerate) to dismount and push 24/7 is neither practical nor reasonable. 
It feels like punishing the good sheep but still doing nothing to the black sheep. If such extreme measure is justifiable by one, or few serious accidents, we should also ban driving from all Singapore roads, since a lot more serious accidents happened on the roads a lot more often. 
I hope the town council will be able to keep a balanced approach and come up with a pragmatic and effective solution to improve safety between pedestrian and cyclist in the town centre."

Crowdsourcing Design for LCSG Tee Designs result

It's heartening to see folks responding to the request and they were all very very cool!  
We have chosen internally among the LCSG Angels to go for Terence's Design. 
A very big thank you for all who shared their ideas and please chat me up on sunday rides. Kopi on me!
Here's sharing the creative talents of the LCSG community. 
Design by Boon Chun

Design by George Kee
Design by Joys Tan
Design by Noel Tan
Design by TC Yang

Design by Terence Tan

Punggol MRT line down today..........

This is what happens when MRT Train Line breaks down and there is no alternative mode of transport in your area. 
Punggol Station today morning.  Photo credit Ben Chew 
Long Q and many people will be late for work. People are pissed....
It took 9 hours for the Train service to resume to normal. Is this the new normal?    
Imagine if there are a safer way/route to cycle to work from Punggol or for that matter anywhere we live it. How many will take the bicycle option? I think quite alot, perhaps 30%... I know I will. 
As I reflect on the lack of commuting alternative, the idea of Bus Bike lane came to my mind. Essentially it uses the current SG laws (bicycles can use Bus lane at all times) but painting a Bicycle logo on the road. This creates more awareness on the road that the bicycle CAN use Bus Lane and more awareness for motorists on the road to look out for cyclist.  Perhaps, as more congestion builds up, our agencies would be more encouraged to try our more innovation idea to alleviate the Traffic congestion. What do u think?
Go to LCSG Facebook for an interesting discussion on this topic
Additional notes: 

Bicycles are not the end all, solve all solution for SG transport. We will still need trains, cars, motorbikes, buses. 
What I am saying is that better infra for cycling can and will reduce the reliance on Public transport = less congestion/ pressure on transport system.
Here's an old posting by Mr Brown on cycling on the road which might be of interest...

Bike bus lane - Photo credit by Francis Chu
We have done it for YOG.... So why not for SG cyclists safety?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Municipal Services office

PM Lee shared a fish ball stick story during the NDP rally and how it spanned across 3 agencies and nothing moved. I laughed as I experienced similar feeling before when we feedback issues and get bounced around like a tennis ball. The new agency to co-ordinate this silo-ed effect is called the New municipal services. More here
I sincerely hope it will work out and not add another layer of paper pushers.  

Paying it forward by Tokyo bike Singapore

Tokyo bike Singapore did not ask for the posting. I just stumbled to what they did last month and I like it very much.
It was the shop 3 year anniversary and while they could do a party bash and drink themselves silly.. ..they choose to celebrate by giving to the lesser privileged folks.
That was really nice of them. 
Paying it forward. Nice one Tokyobike SG!
Photo credits - Tokyobike Singapore 

Tar pau for the lesser privileged  - Photo credits TokyoBike Singapore

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Darren's commute to work

Cycling commuting is still in its infancy in Singapore, but its happening. Darren is my fellow colleage at Dell and he rides from his home at Toa Payoh to Jurong International business park.
I bumped into him recently in the morning as he rolled his bike to the elevator. This is his 16.5 km route and it takes him 45min to reach office.
The commute route by Darren
That's a nice Soma Double Cross in case you are trying to find out his ride. 
Darren just as he heads into the elevator @ IBP

In addition, here's some tips he like to share for those who like to try out cycle commute.
1) Do a recce ride without the pressure of time before doing the commute. This way, you can find the safest and smoothest route. Less stress!
2) Have rear rack so that you need not be carrying ur laptop and be sweaty all over. Its also more comfortable.
3) Mudguards are not glamm but you will be glad when it rains.
4) Waterproof everything.... 
5) Have a spare set of clothes to change into when you come into work.
6) It really helps... if your office has a shower facilities. :) Thank you very Dell Singapore! 
For an even more comprehensive guide... Check this by Calvin Boo
Do you know anyone who cyclo commute to work? Pls share your stories and help me show Singapore that it's possible to cyclo commute. :) 
This is Dell shower ... yeahh I know we are very very lucky! :)