Bike to the Future

Experiencing alternative street design options

We believe that Virtual Reality (VR) offers tremendous opportunities as people can explore the future design options from different perspectives in the Virtual World. In the case of street design, for example, one can explore the experience from the view angles of motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and even children.

VR also offers new opportunities for stakeholder engagement as participants can provide valuable feedback to planners how to improve the design before it is actually built.

Fig 1: The Bike to the Future exhibit combines the latest technologies in 3d modelling, traffic simulation and game development to create a realistic Virtual Reality experience
Fig 1: For the Bike to the Future exhibit, we combine the latest technologies in 3d modelling, traffic simulation and game development to create a realistic Virtual Reality experience

Exploring Virtual Reality as a Planning Tool

We all are very familiar with the maps and renderings planners and designers use to communicate development plans. But imagine if you could explore future planning scenarios in Virtual Reality!

At the occasion of this year’s Park(ing) Day in Singapore, the Future Cities Laboratory will set up a digital peephole into the future to test new possibilities in engaging people for street design and urban development projects. The technology combines the latest 3D modelling and traffic simulation techniques in Virtual Reality to showcase how streets can be re-designed to make cycling and walking a more pleasant experience

Fig 2: Alternative street designs for Seng Poh Road and Lim Liak Street, 3d building data © Urban Redevelopment Authority
Fig 2: Alternative street designs for Seng Poh Road and Lim Liak Street, 3d building data © Urban Redevelopment Authority

Join us in Tiong Bahru on Friday, 16 September 2016

Visitors are invited to cycle in Virtual Reality through three local streets: Lim Liak Street – Kim Cheng Street and Seng Poh Road. Each street features a particular re-design to make cycling and walking more attractive. After the virtual ride, a short survey will be conducted to better understand how Virtual Reality applications can help planners getting feedback from local stakeholders: What are your needs? What do you like in the new design? Which design elements could be adapted or improved?

We are looking forward to welcome you at our parking lot on the 16th of September from 9am to 8pm! All visitors taking the survey do not only take part in a lucky draw with exiting give-aways, but also will have for the first time in Singapore the chance to test both the latest Virtual Reality goggles HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

Date:  Friday, 16 September | Time: 09:00 to 20:00 |   Where: Lim Liak Street (Opposite Tiong Bahru Market)

We would like to thank the Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority for making the highly detailed 3d model available for this research project.

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