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Good infrastructure vital for bike-share to succeed

Experts call for seamless routes and bike-friendly road junctions

Published on Jul 4, 2014 6:11 AM
A commuter choosing a bike at a YouBike station atop Taipei City Hall MRT station. The Taiwanese city piloted its bike-share system in 1998, in part to tackle traffic congestion. -- ST PHOTO: LEE SEOK HWAI

A bike-share trial to be rolled out by next year has the potential to be well received by commuters, but cycling infrastructure must be improved for it to succeed, said experts yesterday.

Off-road cycling paths are being built islandwide, but these will take time to complete and do not address safety concerns for cyclists on the roads, some noted. Meanwhile, it is illegal to ride on footpaths everywhere except in Tampines.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) identified five potential areas for a bike-share scheme in its call for proposals from industry players on Wednesday - Jurong Lake District, the city centre, Tampines, Pasir Ris and Sembawang.

Tampines GRC MP Baey Yam Keng and Jurong GRC MP Ang Wei Neng said there is potential for bike-sharing to be popular in their constituencies, which have ready or upcoming cycling paths and a pool of cyclists.

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