Sunday, 8 July 2018, 2.00pm - 6.00pm
Cycle around Marina Bay and the Singapore River to appreciate its urban transformation and the sustainable design principles behind these developments. Home to the world’s first city reservoir and the iconic Gardens by the Bay, the Marina Bay area is an extension of the old Central Business District. The area is planned based on environmentally-sustainable strategies with innovative supporting infrastructure systems. The Singapore River, which flows into the Marina Bay, was once polluted and unsuitable for human and marine activities. The river has been transformed into a remarkable scene today.
The cycling tour began from the waterfront promenade of Marina Bay. Along the way, delegates visited a number of key developments, including the district cooling plant, an integrated facility, which supplies chilled water via a network of Common Services Tunnels to developments within the Marina Bay area.
The tour then continued to Gardens by the Bay (Bay South), one of the most highly anticipated developments in Singapore that adds a new dimension to city living. Comprising three waterfront gardens spanning 101 hectares in Marina Bay, the Gardens is a premier urban recreational space for all to enjoy. It embodies sustainable design principles and include features and systems such as the Supertrees, which house air ducts for the nearby conservatories, harness solar energy and collect rainwater.
Delegates continued to cycle around Marina Bay and along the Singapore River, where they were introduced to the urban transformation journey of the Singapore River. The river has been at the heart of Singapore’s development since 1819. Historically, the river was a port for shipping and trading activities. It was heavily polluted by shipping activities, residential and industrial discharges, as well as waste from chicken and duck farms that released directly into the river. Before any plans could be developed for this area, the river had to be cleaned up. The task was enormous and took about 10 years from 1977. Today, Singapore River has been rejuvenated to become a live, work and play destination.
This tour was guided by Mr Wong Kai Yeng, Member of Panel of Experts, Centre for Liveable Cities.
Bicycles on this tour were sponsored by Ofo, the world’s first and largest station-free bike share platform and mobile app.