License bicycles as a temporary measure

Bicycle licensing can well be implemented as a temporary measure until our cycling infrastructure is established in the next decades, just like coupon parking was put in force some 30 years ago and is being phased out ("LTA: Bicycle licensing not practical"; last Friday, "LTA's stance on bike licensing disappointing" by Mr Lim Tong Wah; last Saturday, and "Bike licensing: Where there's a will, there's a way" by Mr Lawrence Loh Kiah Muan; Monday).

It has served its purpose, despite having been used in merely two cities in the world, while other countries used parking meters.

Singapore considered our situation unique enough to buck the trend, and went ahead with it.

It is interesting that Hawaii and Japan have had bike registration for years, with no plans to withdraw it.

Amy Loh Chee Seen (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 19, 2016, with the headline 'License bicycles as a temporary measure'. Print Edition | Subscribe