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

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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. Subscribe