Don't give up on dockless bike sharing just yet

Better regulation can unlock the potential of such services, in spite of the troubles faced by some companies running the business

Dockless bike-sharing services run by private firms made their debut in Singapore in January 2017. Today, two years later, there has been a shake-up, with a few pulling out of Singapore and at least one China-based company facing bankruptcy.

Despite this, dockless bike sharing remains a true innovation that can continue to offer genuine value to commuters, if managed right.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 25, 2019, with the headline 'Don't give up on dockless bike sharing just yet'. Print Edition | Subscribe