Jurong Lake District to have bicycle-sharing scheme by end-2017

Romesh NavaratnarajahJuly 29, 2016

Marina Bay bicycle sharing scheme-crop

Artist’s impression of the proposed bicycle-sharing infrastructure in Marina Bay / City Centre. Source: Land Transport Authority

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will pilot a self-service bicycle-sharing scheme in the Jurong Lake District (JLD) by end-2017.

To encompass over 1,000 bicycles and 100 docking stations, the scheme will provide the public with access to a bicycle at all times without having to own a bicycle.

Users can pick up a bicycle at any self-service docking station and return it to any other docking station within the system’s service area.

Spaced about 400 metres apart, the stations will allow residents to make short trips from their homes to nearby transport nodes like bus interchanges and MRT stations, where they can return the bicycle and continue their journey on the public transport system.

Meanwhile, the LTA revealed that it will call a tender to appoint an operator who will own, build, operate and maintain the pilot bicycle-sharing scheme in the 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.

The LTA added that it will provide a grant to defray parts of the costs involved in setting up and operating the bicycle-sharing pilot in the JLD. The potential operators will bid for a fixed amount of grant they need in each year of the contract.

Aside from appointing an operator for the bicycle-sharing scheme, the LTA will also call a tender to appoint a sponsorship consultant, who will work with it to engage suitable sponsors. Much like other bicycle-sharing systems in global cities like Santander Cycle in London and Citibike in New York, these sponsors will receive advertising and naming rights to the bicycle sharing system.

“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,” said LTA Chief Executive Chew Men Leong.

“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,” he added.

The scheme is in line with the government’s efforts to facilitate cycling and to improve first-and-last-mile connectivity to key amenities and public transport nodes.

By 2030, over 700 kilometres of cycling paths will be provided island-wide under the National Cycling Plan.


Romesh Navaratnarajah, Senior Editor at PropertyGuru, edited this story. To contact him about this or other stories, email romesh@propertyguru.com.sg

Aug 05, 2016
Apparently, someone in 2011 has already designed a beautiful prototype of an amphibious bicycle with water and land-based capabilities - http://www.coroflot.com/mahdimomeni/frog-amphibious-urban-bike1
Amphibious Convertible
Aug 04, 2016
Should get NTU which is nearby to research and design an amphibious convertible vehicle that can sail on the Lake water plus able to convert into a land bike. Offer both the manual peddle/cycle option plus electricity-powered option. Tourists and residents will certainly love to admire the Lake environment by peddling leisurely in the amphibious convertible. Since the Lake is the signature landmark, should design something that offers people the opportunity to enjoy water activities and to roam on land along the perimeter of the lake.
Aug 01, 2016
Instead of replicating what some other cities have already done with bicycle-sharing, JLD should offer something different, such as E-scooter. Ask any resident, employee or tourist there whether they prefer to rent bicycle or E-scooter, am sure most will prefer E-scooter. Not only is E-scooter faster, the ride is cooler due to the stronger air currents generated as the rider zooms around. It is also easier to bring an E-scooter into MRT if needed since it is less bulky than bicycles.
Jurong LEG District
Jul 30, 2016
Aspiring to be a car-lite district that encourages people to walk and cycle with LEGS, Jurong Lake District should be renamed as Jurong LEG District.

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