Design of a share-bike for a bicycle sharing system
Kan, Jourdan Junjie
Date of Issue2017
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Cycling are known for its leisure and recreational activities. Today it is more of a form of healthy and sustainable transport. It has been developed into an easy, comfortable and stylish mode of transport that many citizens in European countries chose to travel in their cities. After the successful implementation of the bike-sharing system in Paris, it received widespread attention and high amount of usage. More of such systems then quickly started to be introduce to other European countries for convenient movement around the cities. Over the past decade, the number of bike-sharing schemes had grown significantly reaching a figure of 375 programs in 33 countries by May 2011 (Midgley, Bicycle-sharing Schemes: Enhancing Sustainable Mobility in Urban Areas, 2011). Their operations are often integrated with the city’s public transport system providing citizens with fast and simple access. The main basis of bike-sharing is its green and sustainable benefit. Ever since with the addition of smart technologies such as global positioning system, mobile phone applications, smart cards or even scanning of QR codes have made cycling a unique way to experience cities and have further gained them much more popularity than before. Therefore, this study aims to ascertain the effectiveness of bike-sharing in Singapore’s local circumstances and come up with a share-bike design that is best suited for our local context. Experiences will be drawn from some of the world’s most renowned share-bike systems such as “Vélib” from Paris to the world’s largest share-bike system in Hangzhou, China.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University