Category Archives: pedestrianism

The basic statement framing everything with this label is the pedestrianism page accessible through the main menu. The posts under this category elaborate on, add to, and further explore the whole pedestrian business.

exploring Southwest to Central

A route to show that the ulu Southwest has more to offer to runners and city explorers than the Southern Ridges plus provide an alternative way to connect the West with the city-state’s more central areas. The point of this route is to show a number of interconnected options, each offering something unique. Unlike the Southwestern coastal route this (much longer – approx. 95k) one couldn’t even be done as a single loop without any repeating sections (it would  require running a 12k sections from Lakeside MRT via Bukit Batok to just North of the Pandan reservoir twice). It has multiple MRT entry/exit points and you can figure out your own preffered combination of what you want to explore. Have fun out there! Continue reading

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Singapore’s urban planning vision, some more of the good, the not so good and the bad

Singapore’s reluctance to really say goodbye to a car-centric planning vision is lamentable, but there is more to its vision than just that. Some of it appeals to me tremedously, some bothers me, some seems really counterproductive. Continue reading

why run a landscape? 

If you’re really interested in a particular environment, be it a spectacular mountainscape, a beautiful forest, a heritage-rich inner city, you name it, enjoy being part of it, want to connect with it to the max, why would you want to run it? Seems a  pretty fundamental question to my ‘project’ of promoting running as a way to explore landscapes/cityscapes.

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the importance of unimpeded forward movement

It is quite amazing to see what difference connecting interesting bits of townscape to each other makes to their use. Shanghai made me very aware of that. During my four years in this metropolis the city added dozens of kilometers to its landscaped, fully  pedestrianized and connected by one unimpeded cyclepath Huangpu riverfront. When I arrivedelement and started exploring the city on the run I was amazed by what felt like a curious underuse of the various bits of pedestrianized riverfront other than its major tourist attraction, the Bund. How come that all these obvious and easily accessible escapes from the surrounding hectic urban mayhem did not attract more people? Continue reading

what makes for a good urban running route

In short: anything sorta runnable that shows you the amazing diversity of Singapore’s cityscape, that is enjoyable, that allows you to connect with your environment, that is allows you to keep moving, that has one or more options for lengthening, that passes one or more interesting sights that make for possible stops for more in-depth exploration, that includes any nearby green area, that has options for toilet and cheap food & drink stops, that avoids trafficked roads wherever possible, that includes hills, stairs, trails and other off-road possibilities wherever possible. Continue reading

pedestrianism and boundary crossings

For a while I thought my obsession with categorizing, fuzzy edges, and crossovers with different movement pursuits had weirdness written all over it. Maybe it has, but at least I am not alone. Recently I came across a parkours & freerunning book that includes this visual of  these sports’ development and connections with related pursuits: Continue reading

roads and trails

Trails are strongly asssociated with natural environments. Sure. Makes sense. In the same way that associating runs that include lots of ups and downs, pos/neg altitude meters, with mountains make sense. Problem though with these natural affinities is that they tend to blind us to the ups and downs and the trails elsewhere. I’ve ranted about the urban possibilities to make altitude meters already (here and here) so let’s focus this post on the urban trail possibilities. Continue reading

exploring the Southwestern coast

he Southern ridges are one of Singapore’s top-most walking and running destinations, rightly praised for their great views. Descriptions normally limit themselves to the straight-forward ridge route from Mt Faber to Kent ridge park. Sometimes the add-on of Labrador park and the Keppel Bay seashore is mentioned. But the Southwestern coastal area has more to offer, with additional extension and connection possibilities, all adding considerably to the other highlight of this popular running destination: its diversity. Continue reading

the perfect Singapore map for exploration (first thoughts)

Singapore has some superb online map resources. Mining them for whatever they are worth greatly helps exploring the city, its urban treasures as well as its off-road trails, but still leave out much that a pedestrian would want. The perfect doesn’t exist, I know, and striving for it often hides the good enough from view. Let me describe my thoughts and wishes about ‘perfect’. Who knows, it may trigger someone out there to translate them into something good enough. Continue reading