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Bike-sharing services

What Hong Kong needs for better bike-sharing

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 April, 2018, 10:33am
UPDATED : Sunday, 08 April, 2018, 10:33am

Within just half a year, bike-sharing has developed from a newfangled idea into a citywide phenomenon. We had “Gobee” and “HobaBike”, and now there are “oBike” and “Ofo”.

Bike-sharing is convenient, environmentally friendly, and cheaper than some transport. It is also good exercise, which lifts moods.

However, I agree with Wendy Wong (“Why bike-sharing in crowded Hong Kong is not a good idea”, April 2). Cycle tracks and bike paths are not yet spread around Hong Kong, and riding through the traffic increases the risk of accidents. The slower cycles will also slow down other drivers, impeding vehicular flow.

Moreover, some Hongkongers have failed to display proper bike-sharing etiquette, just leaving them by the side of the road, or not taking proper care of the bikes. If we really want the phenomenon to spread, education is needed.

Christy Lam, Tseung Kwan O