Sharing culture can work if we take ownership

There are moves to regulate the bike-sharing industry soon, but I wonder why only the bike-sharing operators are being penalised for users' inconsideration.

Are we sending mixed signals when we put a heavier onus on the bike-sharing operators compared with the users themselves?

Shouldn't users be responsible for their actions?

I understand both the legislators' and Straits Times transport correspondent Adrian Lim's take, with new regulations forcing the bike-sharing operators to improve policing of their own equipment (The road ahead for bike-sharing; March 10).

Looking at the dilemma, one realises that inculcating a sharing culture with its potential long-term benefits to society is missing from the big picture.

When I was living in a kampung, we shared a common well. No one dared to dirty the water or its surroundings for fear of community disapproval. There was a sense of community ownership.

These days, we simply "frown upon" such cases of civic carelessness and just upload the evidence to social media, hoping someone else would do something about it.

The Singapore Kindness Movement recently collaborated with ofo and SGBike on proper bike-sharing etiquette.

The online feedback on Singapore Kindness Movement's and other social media sites shows that a clear majority disapprove of some users' lack of graciousness.

Simply disapproving of such inconsiderate behaviour without acting to stop it will not change the situation.

As users, we have a responsibility to be considerate to others by not leaving bikes indiscriminately.

As bystanders witnessing such inconsiderate behaviour, we can politely inform users that parking indiscriminately is anti-social behaviour.

We can make the sharing culture work. It starts with us taking ownership of the situation.

We should choose to be considerate as users and speak out against those who are inconsiderate.

William Wan

General Secretary

Singapore Kindness Movement