As urban centres become more and more populated by people, infrastructures and vehicles, public transportation systems are now tremendously stressed into providing social services that will not negatively affect mobility and productivity while at the same time proving the same conveniences. It is in this search for realistic, practical and economic alternatives that bicycles have emerged as an important option. For locals, bicycles present a more convenient way to navigate ever-busier streets on a daily basis. For tourists, they also offer far cheaper means to navigate smaller inroads and other corners of the city otherwise inaccessible via regular public transport. For city planners, bicycles are practical options to regulate vehicular traffic.
In Singapore the most vastly dense city in the world where the problem of congestion is all the more highlighted, people, government and businesses are rediscovering the appeal of bicycles which have in turn resulted to the re-invigoration of the bicycle industry in the City State as proven by the swelling number of bicycle shops throughout the country. Today there are more than a hundred bicycle shops in Singapore which include retailers of stock units, custom assembly and repair shops, replacement parts distributors, including sports, hobby and recreation hubs and of course, bicycle rental shops.
In the past, these bike rental shops in Singapore had very limited appeal since they also ofred very limited choices for customers. Before, a typical bicycle rental shop in Singapore offers the common bicycle varieties: the racer for the speed and adrenaline junkie or a group of friends looking to play a casual race, the all-terrain mountain for those out for outdoor adventure, the BMX for those looking to try more extreme rides or practice a few exhibition moves. Today however, due to the mentioned re-invigoration of the industry, bicycle rentals shops in Singapore now offer an extensive menu of choices including non-traditional models such as freight, couples, small-wheel, sideways, tall bikes, safety bicycles and even unicycle. Many bike rental shops in Singapore have also began offering folding bicycles units which have had a fairly decent following especially among people who plan to take their bicycles into buses, trains or boats for cross-country trips. Continue reading “Making the Most of Rented Bicycles”