By Tom Degun
June 23 - A revolutionary new Olympic Lane concept is to be introduced by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) for the inaugural Summer Youth Games in Singapore later this year to ensure athletes and officials arrive in time for their events.
The Youth Olympic Lane however, is not based on the scheme commonly adopted by Olympic Games host cities whereby an exclusive lane is dedicated for the use of Games vehicles.
Rather the Youth Olympic Lane it is a relatively simple traffic system that Singaporean motorists have been made aware of.
The Youth Olympic Lane is based on the "Give Way" concept whereby motorists will only need to give way when they see Youth Olympic vehicles with their blinker lights turned on approaching in a similar fashion to how they do when they see an emergency service vehicle approaching with their lights turned on.
The Youth Olympic Lane concept will come into operation along selected stretches of road from August 5 until 26, with the Games due to take place between August 14 and 26.
Teo Ser Luck, Singapore's Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Transport as well as Community Development, Youth and Sports, said: "I am confident that motorists’ full support and co-operation will make the Youth Olympic Lane a success.
"All Singaporeans can do their part to create a pleasant and memorable YOG experience for our visitors."
Lim Bok Ngam, the acting chief executive of the LTA, said: "We are confident that Singaporean motorists being familiar with giving way to emergency vehicles will adopt the Give Way approach when they see Youth Olympic vehicles.
"This approach means lanes are freed up for motorists’ use when there are no Youth Olympic vehicles on that stretch of road."
The second left-most lane along designated routes of seven expressways’ and 15 arterial roads will be designated as the Youth Olympic Lane.
These lanes will be clearly marked with the Olympic Rings and the words "Give Way" in white.
During Games Time, a fleet of 700 Youth Olympic Vehicles will operate between the Youth Olympic Village and the competition venues.
These vehicles will have a unique Singapore 2010 look as well as special YOG licence plates.
At present, Youth Olympic vehicles are using a designated route to simulate actual journeys as part of the preparation for the Games.
This provides motorists with the chance to begin familiarising themselves with the Youth Olympic vehicles in order to be better prepared for them when the Games start.
Goh Kee Nguan, the chief executive of Singapore 2010, said: "Singapore is committed to deliver a successful first-ever Youth Olympic Games.
"The young athletes have trained very hard for their competition.
"With the Youth Olympic Lane in place, athletes travelling to their competition can be assured of reaching the venues in a timely manner to prepare themselves to give their best."
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