LTA seeks industry proposals to study how
public bicycle-sharing can be implemented in Singapore
Will people cycle to transport nodes and the neighbourhood centres if bicycles for hire are conveniently located near their homes and at train stations? How much should a bicycle-rental station charge for the hiring of bicycles? These are some questions the Land Transport Authority (LTA) is looking to answer for the introduction of a public bicycle-sharing scheme in Singapore.
2 LTA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) today to seek proposals and views from the industry. Through the RFI, LTA will study how best bicycle-sharing can be implemented in Singapore. The findings of the RFI will also provide more information such as on the proposed sponsorship and operating models for such a scheme. Interested parties can access the document on the Government Electronic Business (GeBiz) platform.
3 Bicycle-sharing is an alternative mobility option that will facilitate cycling as a convenient and affordable means to make short trips, and complement the public transport system by connecting commuters to public transport nodes (also known as first-mile/last-mile connections). It is a self-service public bicycle rental scheme with a network of bicycles distributed around an area, and users may be charged a fee for short-term usage. Bicycle-sharing already exists in many cities such as Paris, London, New York, Melbourne and Taipei.
4 The proposed bicycle-sharing scheme will complement existing efforts under the Land Transport Master Plan 2013 to facilitate cycling and improve first-mile-last-mile connections to public transport nodes. Under the Plan, over 700 kilometres of cycling paths will be provided island-wide by 2030. The bicycle sharing scheme will be useful especially for those who wish to cycle but do not own bicycles, or prefer the convenience of using shared bicycles for one-way trips.
5 As announced by Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim at the Committee of Supply debate this year, LTA will introduce the bicycle sharing pilot scheme by end 2015 in areas with completed or soon-to-be completed cycling path networks, such as the Jurong Lake district and city centre, subject to interest from potential service providers.
6 We expect to conclude the RFI by the fourth quarter of 2014. LTA will then call a tender to launch the bicycle-sharing pilot by end-2015.