Efforts by cyclists, authorities can help bike-sharing industry

Some changes should be made with the pulling out of shared-bike company oBike from the Singapore market.

There is a need to work with some urgency so that the remaining bike-sharing companies do not suffer the same fate.

With indiscriminate parking of these bikes being a big problem, the Government should quickly designate bike parking areas and allow feedback for suggested bike parking areas.

Also, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) should create a website where people can easily search for these bike parking areas.

Cyclists have a part to play, too.

There have been too many complaints about shared bikes being left all over the place, in front of the homes of people, on footpaths, near traffic lights, obstructing the path of pedestrians.

Users of shared bikes should start being a lot more considerate.

The LTA should start thinking about how to encourage the man in the street to move bicycles from an unsuitable location to a better parking spot, instead of imposing a harsh law requiring cyclists to park only at authorised locations (which are sometimes unknown to the user and which could be extremely far from the person's intended destination).

Winston Ho Wing Long

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 28, 2018, with the headline 'Efforts by cyclists, authorities can help bike-sharing industry'. Subscribe