Singapore’s first automated underground bicycle parking system flops

Singapore's First Automated Underground Bicycle Parking System Flops

Singapore’s first automated subterranean parking system for bicycles, launched with much fanfare in January last year, will close down on December 28 due to a low take-up rate.

The bicycle parking system, SecureMyBike, located at Admiralty MRT station in the city state’s northern Woodlands neighbourhood, can house more than 500 bicycles.

However, just three of its spaces were used daily between February last year and last month, and fewer than five monthly passes were purchased on average. From February to April 2018, users either paid a monthly fee of S$22 for unlimited use, or 25 cents per hour. Thereafter, the monthly fee was S$48, or 45 cents an hour.

In comparison, the SecureMyBike system cost about $4.7 million and took about four years to construct. The storage cells are housed in three separate underground cylindrical shafts, which each extend about ten meters underground. Each shaft stores 167 bicycles, spread across seven levels.

Singapore’s Land Transport Authority said that the high prices for the use of the facility, caused by the costs of operating and maintaining the parking facility, were the cause for the low uptake.

Furthermore, the availability of free outdoor bicycle parking at most MRT stations and public parks – which are free to use and have security cameras that would deter bike thieves – made the SecureMyBike even less attractive.

Singapore’s First Automated Underground Bicycle Parking System Flops
SecureMyBike’s parking system
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Singapore’s first automated subterranean parking system for bicycles, launched with much fanfare in January last year, will close down on December 28 due to a low take-up rate. The bicycle parking system, SecureMyBike, located at Admiralty MRT station in the city state’s northern Woodlands neighbourhood, can house more than 500 bicycles. However, just three of its spaces were used daily between February last year and last month, and fewer than five monthly passes were purchased on average. From February to April 2018, users either paid a monthly fee of S$22 for unlimited use, or 25 cents per hour. Thereafter, the...

Singapore's First Automated Underground Bicycle Parking System Flops

Singapore’s first automated subterranean parking system for bicycles, launched with much fanfare in January last year, will close down on December 28 due to a low take-up rate.

The bicycle parking system, SecureMyBike, located at Admiralty MRT station in the city state’s northern Woodlands neighbourhood, can house more than 500 bicycles.

However, just three of its spaces were used daily between February last year and last month, and fewer than five monthly passes were purchased on average. From February to April 2018, users either paid a monthly fee of S$22 for unlimited use, or 25 cents per hour. Thereafter, the monthly fee was S$48, or 45 cents an hour.

In comparison, the SecureMyBike system cost about $4.7 million and took about four years to construct. The storage cells are housed in three separate underground cylindrical shafts, which each extend about ten meters underground. Each shaft stores 167 bicycles, spread across seven levels.

Singapore’s Land Transport Authority said that the high prices for the use of the facility, caused by the costs of operating and maintaining the parking facility, were the cause for the low uptake.

Furthermore, the availability of free outdoor bicycle parking at most MRT stations and public parks – which are free to use and have security cameras that would deter bike thieves – made the SecureMyBike even less attractive.

Singapore’s First Automated Underground Bicycle Parking System Flops
SecureMyBike’s parking system
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