250 people take walk around Gardens by the Bay to understand mobility challenges faced by elderly, disabled

Dr Amy Khor interacts with two wheelchair users from one of the Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWO). -- PHOTO: BCA
Dr Amy Khor interacts with two wheelchair users from one of the Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWO). -- PHOTO: BCA
Guest of honour, Dr Amy Khor (centre), wearing a knee restrictor, takes a photo with Building and Construction Authority CEO John Keung (fourth from left), Gardens by the Bay deputy CEO Peggy Chong (sixth from right), National Council of Social Servi
Guest of honour, Dr Amy Khor (centre), wearing a knee restrictor, takes a photo with Building and Construction Authority CEO John Keung (fourth from left), Gardens by the Bay deputy CEO Peggy Chong (sixth from right), National Council of Social Service CEO Sim Gim Guan (fifth from right) and other participants of the walk who are also wearing various restrictors to simulate difficulties faced by persons with disabilities. -- PHOTO: BCA
Dr Amy Khor and Dr John Keung climb up a flight of stairs with their knee restrictors. -- PHOTO: BCA
Dr Amy Khor and Dr John Keung climb up a flight of stairs with their knee restrictors. -- PHOTO: BCA

SINGAPORE - About 250 people took a stroll around Gardens by the Bay on Saturday morning, but it wasn't your typical walk in the park.

Some participants donned "Aged Simulation Sets" - restrictors which aim to give people a sense of the difficulties in movement and flexibility faced by the elderly.

Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower Amy Khor, the guest of honour at the event, flagged off the walk, which was organised by the Building and Construction Authority, along with Gardens by the Bay and the National Council of Social Service, as part of the Singapore Universal Design Week.

Dr Khor put on a knee restrictor, which simulates the challenge faced by an elderly person with knee problems.

Universal Design features - features which are friendly to people of all ages and disabilities - were also highlighted to participants. Gardens by the Bay won a BCA Universal Design Mark Platinum Award in 2013.