LTA to Call Tenders for an Operator and Sponsorship Consultant
As announced by Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minster for Transport, Mr Khaw Boon Wan at the Walk, Cycle Ride SG Symposium, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will pilot the self-service bicycle-sharing scheme in Singapore from end 2017.
2. The scheme will be piloted at the Jurong Lake District (JLD) in end 2017, and will encompass over 1000 bicycles and 100 docking stations. As part of this tender, tenderers will bid to operate the bicycle sharing scheme in JLD and have the option to bid to operate similar bicycle-sharing schemes in Marina Bay/City Centre as well as Tampines and Pasir Ris. This means there will potentially be around 2,300 bicycles and 230 docking stations in total across the three locations.
3. Mr Chew Men Leong, Chief Executive of LTA said, “This is the first public bicycle-sharing scheme that will be implemented on such a large scale in Singapore. We believe this will catalyse take-up of cycling as it provides a convenient and healthy way to commute between homes, nearby amenities and the MRT stations. Through the pilot, we will study the scheme’s feasibility and determine if and how it can be extended to other residential towns as well.”
Tenders for operator and sponsorship consultant
4. LTA will call a tender to appoint an operator who will own, build, operate and maintain the pilot bicycle-sharing scheme in JLD for eight years, with options to bid to operate a bicycle-sharing scheme in Marina Bay/City Centre as well as Tampines and Pasir Ris.
5. To defray parts of the costs involved in setting up and operating the bicycle-sharing pilot in JLD, LTA will provide a grant. The potential operators will bid for a fixed amount of grant they need in each year of the contract.
6. Besides appointing an operator for the bicycle-sharing scheme, LTA will also call a tender to appoint a sponsorship consultant. LTA will work with the consultant to engage suitable sponsors, who will be entitled to naming and advertising rights to the bicycle-sharing system, similar to other bicycle-sharing systems in overseas cities such as Citibike in New York and Santander Cycle in London.
Pilot to kick off in the Jurong Lake District
7. The Jurong Lake District was chosen as the first estate to implement the bicycle-sharing pilot as it is set to transform into a vibrant regional centre, which will also be redeveloped into Singapore’s second Central Business District. The Jurong Lake District will be a car-lite district supported by green and active mobility transport options such as walking and cycling and public transport.
8. When implemented, the bicycle-sharing scheme will provide the public with access to a bicycle – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – without having to own a bicycle.
9. Users can pick up a bicycle at any self-service docking station and return it to any other docking station located within the system's service area. These stations are spaced about 400 metres apart, and will allow residents to make short trips from their homes to the nearby transport nodes, such as the MRT stations and bus interchanges, where they can return the bicycle and continue their journeys on the public transport system. Residents can also cycle from their homes to key amenities, such as schools, shopping malls and markets within the estate or explore Jurong Lake Gardens, which is envisioned to be Singapore’s new national gardens in the heartlands.
10. Besides being a convenient mode of transport, the bicycle-sharing scheme will provide an opportunity for more residents to try out cycling, which is healthier and a greener mode of transport.
11. The bicycle-sharing scheme complements existing efforts to facilitate cycling and to improve first-and-last-mile connectivity to public transport nodes and key amenities. Under the National Cycling Plan, over 700 kilometres of cycling paths will be provided island-wide by 2030.
Annex A1: Map of the docking stations within Jurong Lake District
Annex A2: Map of the docking stations within Marina Bay/City Centre
Annex A3: Map of the docking stations within Tampines/Pasir Ris
Annex B1: Artist impressions of proposed bicycle-sharing infrastructure in Jurong Lake District
Annex B2: Artist impressions of proposed bicycle-sharing infrastructure in Marina Bay/City Centre
Annex C: Infographic on bicycle-sharing in Singapore in brief