Quick Response (QR) code parking system will be implemented island-wide to ensure that users park their shared bicycles within proper parking spaces.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has earlier announced that the QR codes will be installed progressively at public bicycle parking spaces from the end of September, and a public education campaign will also be launched to educate users of shared bicycles on how to end their trips with QR codes in early October.
The QR code parking system will support LTA’s efforts to encourage responsible parking through the licensing regime. In particular, those who do not park properly and scan the QR code will be charged $5 by licensed operators.
Users who park any shared bicycle indiscriminately at least 3 times in a calendar year will be banned from using all sharing services for up to one year. The QR code parking system and user ban will commence in January 2019.
LTA stated that 7,000 public bicycle parking spaces have been added at convenient locations including public transport nodes, housing void decks and public parks since the start of this year, which augments the existing 207,000 public bicycle parking spaces across the island.
The authority stated that it aims to have parking spaces available within a short walk of most households and key destinations such as polyclinics, community centres, schools and town centres.
“Today, more than 99% of public housing residents are within a five-minute walk – or about 400m – from bicycle parking. There has also been marked improvement in bicycle parking accessibility from private homes and key destinations,” LTA said, noting that at the start of this year, only 90% of private residences and 80% of key destinations were within a 5-minute walk from bicycle parking.
Today, accessibility has increased to 95% of private homes and 97% of key destinations, it stated.
The authority the stressed that it will continue to work with our partner agencies, private developers and building owners to expand the bicycle parking capacity island-wide, especially at locations with higher demand for bicycle parking.
By 2020, LTA said that the authority along with partner agencies will provide 267,000 parking lots for users.
Apart from increasing access to bicycle parking, MOT had announced in March 2018 that LTA will right-size the shared bicycle fleet to manage indiscriminate bicycle parking and ensure the efficient use of shared bicycles and limited parking spaces.