Why bike-sharing in crowded Hong Kong is not a good idea
I am writing in response to your article on the Singapore model for bike-sharing (“Should Hong Kong look to Singapore to make its bike-sharing scheme a success?”, March 31).
For starters, I do not think the bike-sharing scheme is suited to Hong Kong. Ours is a small city, with over 7 million people crammed into just over 1,100 sq km. The roads are always crowded with vehicles and pedestrians, and traffic jams are a daily annoyance.
I understand that riding a bicycle is more environmentally friendly, or more convenient, and sometimes perhaps even faster.
Further, not all people are aware of – or follow – proper driving etiquette. And if bikers themselves are unable to control their speed or to tackle sudden situations, it is an added risk.
Moreover, the bike-sharing scheme has also affected the image of Hong Kong, with some users abandoning the bikes by the side of the road or even in a river, wasting resources and inconveniencing other users.
Hong Kong has a perfect transport network, with MTR, bus, minibus, tram, and ferry services. I don’t think it is necessary to ride a bike to work or school. This just adds to traffic congestion.
Wendy Wong, Kwai Chung