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See How Singapore Manages Shared Bicycles
Aug 24, 2017

In mid-January this year, Singapore's domestic cycling brand Obike began to launch in Singapore, and in mid-February, Ofo entered the Singapore market, and March 21, Mobike also announced the provision of shared bicycle services in Singapore. In the Nanyang Country, known as the "Garden City", three shared cycling brands have opened up a raging market war.


Singapore's Obike is a new company founded by a Singaporean and three Chinese partners, according to media reports, the founding team included investors from Temasek, south-east Asia's largest investment fund, executives from south-east Asia's largest taxi software grab, and Bestäuber's many core members. From the cost of the ride, the Obike charges 0.5 sgd (about RMB 2.5) every 15 minutes, and the Ofo charges 1 sgd (about 5 yuan) per hour, while Mobike receives 30 SGD per 0.5 minutes. At present, Obike's market response is good, the most vehicles, there are a lot of preferential activities, the current application in the Apple app market rankings have risen to third place, after the local two largest taxi software bestäuber and grab.


For a long time, bicycles in Singapore mainly for the purpose of leisure travel, is not the main commuting. Therefore, the Singapore government has not included bicycles in the transportation facilities construction and management system, bicycle lanes mainly take the form of Parks Connector Network, there is no special cycling lanes on the road, and the corresponding traffic regulations are not perfect. So although cycling is not illegal in many places where bicycle lanes are not marked, bicycle travel is not common in Singapore.


In addition to the above-mentioned disadvantages, the existing use of shared bicycles is to use the mobile phone to locate and find a bike line, and sometimes it may take more time than taking a bus, which is why some people in the island still hold a wait-and-see attitude towards shared bicycles.


In 2013, the Government of Singapore launched the National Cycling Plan, which aims to promote bicycle travel, ease traffic pressure and build a friendly cycling environment throughout the country. With Obike and other shared bicycles entering Singapore, Singapore's Land Traffic Control Authority (by authority, abbreviated as LTA) on March 24, announced the suspension of the massive pile-sharing cycling programme originally scheduled to be promoted at the end of 2017 in Jurong Lake area by a press release, with private-owned, Obike, Ofo, and other bicycle-sharing services in Singapore, which are already available to meet the needs of the majority of the population. After the release of the news, many practitioners, experts and scholars have expressed support for the practice of the Land Exchange board.