Voices Of Youth

Bike-sharing a good inclusion to our lives

The surge in bike-sharing platforms in Singapore has made a noticeable change in our lives.

More and more, many of the people around me are beginning to use bicycles frequently, and the bikes can be found around almost every corner.

Besides the convenience, affordability is another reason for the popularity of these bikes.

The bike-sharing companies charge minimal rates for the use of these bikes.

The usage of such bikes has brought along with it a healthier lifestyle too.

Many Singaporeans do not get the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week. Hopefully, this will change with the bike-sharing scheme.

Like with everything else, there is, of course, a downside.

There have been several reports of bikes being abused and damaged, along with cases of bikes being strewn all over the place - on grass patches, on pavements and at bus stops.

Let us remember that it is important that we be considerate and gracious when we use these bikes.

Let us treat them as if they were our property.

Kylie Chan Zi Yi , 16

Secondary 4 student

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 08, 2017, with the headline 'Bike-sharing a good inclusion to our lives'. Print Edition | Subscribe