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October 22, 2016

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PlasticsToday’s Stephen Moore puts cycling on the map in Singapore

PlasticsToday readers know Stephen Moore as our resident plastics-leaning gearhead. He has been covering the automotive/mobility end market (as well as the plastics sector in the Asia/Pacific region) since PlasticsToday debuted, and prior to that, he was a long-time contributor to our legacy publication, Modern Plastics. But there’s a side to Moore that you may not be aware of: He likes to ride his bicycle. A lot. So much so that his blue Brompton bike has been on every cyclable road in Singapore, where the New Zealand native has lived for 14 years. And he may be the first person to do that, writes the Straits Times, an English-language daily newspaper in Singapore that recently profiled Moore’s exploit.

Stephen Moore and his famous blue Brompton.

Since he began his quest in August 2014 to ride his bike on every navigable road in Singapore, Moore figures that he has clocked around 11,000 kilometers. He didn’t take any short cuts on his way into Singapore’s record books, either. In fact, as he covered more and more of the island, it would sometimes take him an hour and a half just to cycle to some roads that he had yet to set wheels on. Moore denied himself the use of public transportation or a car except in the case of emergencies.

Pretty cool, right? You can read more about Moore’s tour de Singapore in the Straits Times.

As an avid cyclist, Moore is delighted by initiatives taken by the Singapore government to go “car lite,” as he says.

The government caps the number of cars on the road through a monthly quota, explains Moore. “One needs to bid for a Certificate of Entitlement to gain the right to buy a car. End result: A Honda Civic costs $80,000,” he says.

The government is also building a massive network of cycling paths across the island. “And all new office buildings are now required by law to limit the number of car parking lots, and provide bicycle parking and showering facilities for bike commuters,” adds Moore. 

As Singapore makes room on its roadways for cyclists and establishes bike-friendly policies, the government may want to consider creating a ministry of mobility. If it does, I know the perfect man for the job.

About the Author(s)

Norbert Sparrow

Editor in chief of PlasticsToday since 2015, Norbert Sparrow has more than 30 years of editorial experience in business-to-business media. He studied journalism at the Centre Universitaire d'Etudes du Journalisme in Strasbourg, France, where he earned a master's degree.

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