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Path to smooth bike-sharing is paved with tech solutions

There are 100,000 shared bikes in Singapore. But each bike might be used for just 30 minutes a day. Most end up as eyesores strewn around the city. It's time to put shared bikes in their places - within parking stations.

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Over the past year, photos of shared-bike graveyards in China - where the global bike-sharing boom first started - have gone viral, depicting thousands of unused and damaged bikes piled high in landfills the size of football fields.

In Singapore, the introduction of dockless bike-sharing - where bicycles are unlocked and rented using a mobile app, without docking stations - has led to similar problems, albeit on a smaller scale.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 12, 2018, with the headline Path to smooth bike-sharing is paved with tech solutions. Subscribe