Bike-sharing companies need to think about the community

I read with disdain oBike's excuse for exiting the Singapore market, as it tried to lay the blame for its exit on the Land Transport Authority's (LTA's) new regulation (oBike closes in S'pore, cites difficulty meeting LTA rules; June 26).

Bike-sharing companies have only themselves to blame. It is time for them to take responsibility.

In their rush to expand and grab market share, they have ignored the interests of the community in which they operate.

The indiscriminate parking of shared bikes were both an eyesore and a danger to other road users.

Despite the complaints, bike-sharing companies continued to push forward with their expansion, ignoring the problem on the ground. This is happening not only in Singapore, but also in other major cities where dockless bike sharing is found.

Tough legislation is needed to curb the indiscriminate parking problem and bring back order.

Companies that do not have the interests of the larger community at heart are not welcome here.

I fully support LTA's action and call for tougher penalties to be imposed on the operators.

Patrick Tan Siong Kuan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2018, with the headline 'Bike-sharing companies need to think about the community'. Print Edition | Subscribe