Good riddance to oBike

It is indeed good news for not only the elderly but also for young pedestrians that bike-sharing company oBike is shutting down its operation in Singapore (oBike closes in S'pore, cites difficulty meeting LTA rules; June 26).

Singaporeans will have one less bike-sharing company sharing the footpaths with them.

Singapore is a physically small country. One does not need to walk long distances to reach one's destination.

It is unlike many big countries, like China, where even children have to walk kilometres daily to get to their schools.

Bike-sharing companies should never have been allowed to operate on our little red dot as the negative effects outweigh the benefits.

The eyesore these carelessly strewn bikes have created has negated the years of effort put into building a clean and green environment.

If someone really needs a bicycle, he can easily afford to buy one and will take good care of it.

And, we are waging a battle against diabetes, are we not? Walking is a good way to further the war against diabetes.

Tan Keng Hai

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 28, 2018, with the headline 'Good riddance to oBike'. Print Edition | Subscribe