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Bicycle Sharing Company Anywheel engage enforcer to catch errant rider

Singapore: A local bicycle-sharing company got fed up with errant users of their bicycle and took steps to carry out enforcement of their own.

Despite Anywheel being a bicycle sharing platform, some errant users of Anywheel platform had been locking up “their own” Anywheel bicycle, so that they could “reserve” it for their use.

In a Facebook post posted on 06/12/2020, Anywheel Facebook page posted that they had hired Anywheel Enforcers around Singapore to catch errant users that had been stealing or personal locking, and tampering with their bicycles – which are meant for public sharing.

Bicycle sharing enforcement in action
photo taken by Anywheel enforcer

Various picture of police enforcement taken and posted on Anywheel Facebook page.

Many Netizens were supportive of their action with some recounting on their own frustrating experience of seeing public sharing bike been locked up for personal usage by errant users.

most Netizen was supportive of the enforcement initiative

One particular Netizen voiced out that the bicycle-sharing company should also make effort to ensure that their bikes are properly parked at the designated parking spot, and not blocking others. In-which Anywheel commented that they fine $5 for users that did not park the bikes in the designated parking spot, and questions the Netizen if he needs people to tell him “do you need enforcers to tell you not to litter or is littering with a fine more effective? Think…”

an exchange between Anywheel social medial rep. and a Netizen (source Anywheel FB page)

At its peak, there were up to nine bike-sharing company in Singapore – Anywheel, Gbikes, Mobike, oBike, ofo, Share Bike SG, Baicycle, Moov Technology and SG Bike – offering up to 200,000 dockless shared-bicycles in Singapore.

However, what is good did not last, as the population of the bicycles raises, the number of misuses also surfaced. Common misused includes the locking of shared bicycle, vandalism, abandoning of shared bicycle at canal, and etc…

video sourced from StraitsTime – 18 Jun 2017

Some famous misuse case includes the throwing of an ofo bike from the 30th floor of a block in Whompoa by a teenager. A man throwing an ofo bike into a canal, and many more.

Youth throws OFO bike down from high-rise HDB block
15 Jun 2017 (Source: Stolen NTUC Trolley & OFO Bicycle)
Another youth throws oBike bike down from a bridge
17 Jul 2018 (Source: Stolen NTUC Trolley & OFO Bicycle)

As more regulation was implemented, the number on this sort of rampant misuses had also dropped. However, misuse cases are still happening as Singapore’s bicycle-sharing industry stabilize.

On Jul this year, LTA (Land Transport Authority) announced that bicycle- sharing firm Anywheel had received approval to expands its fleet from 10,000 to 15,000 with effect from that month. However, SG Bike still remains as one of the largest bike sharing operator in Singapore with up to 25,000 bicycles in Singapore.

oBike, GBikes and Share Bike SG shut down their operations in 2018 while ofo’s licence was cancelled by LTA last year.

https://www.facebook.com/anywheel.sg/posts/900442467159559
Original post from Anywheel

Source
Bicycle-sharing firm Anywheel gets nod to expand fleet to 15,0002020 Licence Application Cycle for Bicycle-Sharing Services

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