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If you are still contemplating whether you should join us for the Bamboo Road Bicycle Expedition here is one more reason why you should be excited to be on this tour.

As a former electrical/anti-pollution engineer and someone who has had a long interest in environmental, ecological and urban planning issues, Singapore is one place that I am eager to see. There are many reasons but one of the key ones is how Singapore, many years ago, decided they will not be like Hong Kong and redesigned their city accordingly. On this trip we will be able to compare the two cities and see how they are continuing to deal with the challenges of the 21st century.

Here is one example what is happening in Singapore now – something called Super trees. According to an article in The Ecologist,  “situated in Marina Bay area of Singapore, these Supertrees are embedded with environmentally sustainable functions like photovoltaic cells to harvest solar energy. In addition 162,900 plants comprising more than 200 species are planted on the “living skin” of the Supertrees and these are watered using a unique reservoir system that collects rainwater. The reservoir also collects enough rainfall to feed the parkland, the huge greenhouses and the surrounding water fountains – making the Supertrees self-sustainable and then some.”

There is yet another reason why we should be paying attention to this. This is not simply another tourist attraction. Many years ago, when the rest of the world was only focused on how to expand the road infrastructure to allow more cars to enter cities, Singapore already had a policy that would achieve the opposite – to reduce the number of cars in their city. I suspect that when it comes to these Supertrees Singapore is still a long way ahead of the rest of us.


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