By Finger blogger: Andrea McKenna
Riding bikes in Singapore is heating up with not one but three app-based bike rental services – Ofo, Mobike and oBike. And I’ve definitely seen a rise in cycling overall since moving to Singapore nearly six years ago.
The way the services work is you put a refundable deposit of around $50 down through the app using a credit or debit card.
Then you can look up where the bikes are located for rental. They may be outside condos, or in front of office buildings in the CBD…. they are everywhere. Once you find one – and believe me, it won’t be hard – scan a code or input a serial number to unlock the bike. Then ride away!
The app rental bikes are heavy and are fixed-gear (only one gear), which might take some getting used to. But what a great and convenient way to get around Singapore while waiting for all the new MRT stops to be built.
If you live near major parks, you’ll also find bicycle shops offering bike rentals cheaply. Near East Coast Park, for instance, there’s also a bike shop at the beginning near Fort Road that offers 3-hour bike rentals for $10. I think that’s a pretty good deal.
My helper and her friend have been taking advantage of that as they conquer learning how to ride so they can ride with the kiddos. I suppose it’s a lot easier to keep up with the elementary-aged kids if you’re also on a bike! Plus, it saves on the cab fares to and from school or the mall.
If you want a bike tour, cycling lessons or even team-building activities, Biking Singapore has a wide range of offerings, like cycling experiences, bike rental self-tours, bike rental delivery, group cycling and build-a-bicycle class (that sounds cool!)
Although the roads are not totally bike-friendly, you’ll still see swaths of cycling groups in the early weekend mornings hitting Nicoll Highway as they head out for RTIs (Round The Island rides) and I often see late-night bike groups of younger people riding around town while there fewer cars on the road.
Whatever puts you in the saddle, you’re in good company these days. Happy riding!
About Andrea McKenna
image: E. Chiau
Andrea McKenna Brankin is journalist and author from the United States who lives a full life with bipolar disorder. Her book, Bipolar Phoenix, is awaiting a publishing contract. She is also currently a volunteer at the DaySpring Residential Treatment Centre for teen girls in Singapore, providing befriending-family support, therapeutic writing and rugby coaching.