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Soon, Sentosa will be a cycling haven for riding enthusiasts. The Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) has recently called for a tender to implement a bicycle-sharing scheme on the southern resort island. SDC’s tender is reportedly the third government tender for such a scheme.
The first bicycle-sharing tender, initiated by the Land Transport Authority, was for a pilot scheme in Marina Bay, Tampines, Pasir Ris and the Jurong Lake District. That tender closed last month and has yet to be awarded. In a separate tender on 11 January this year, industrial developer JTC Corporation issued an invitation to prospective vendors to implement a system that is suitable for sharing e-scooters or bicycles at its one- north business and research hub.
The SDC, which called for the tender last Friday (20 January), announced in its tender documents that it is hoping to enhance connectivity by "enabling guests to travel around the island using bicycles". This tender is the latest move by the SDC to make the island more bicycle-friendly. Since 2015, the SDC has been constructing a network of on-road bicycle lanes. Today, Sentosa's cycling network spans a distance of about 12km.
Ms Susan Ang, divisional director for SDC's island investment, said: "The recent completion of our new cycling tracks and dedicated cycling lanes has helped to enhance connectivity around Sentosa, making it more convenient and safer for our guests to access the island's gems on bicycles.” She called the new scheme a "mobility-based attraction", adding that this initiative will feature unmanned docking stations at different points, where users can rent and return bicycles.
Accordingly to the SDC, the project is targeted to be rolled out in three phases, starting with five stations along the beach areas in Sentosa. It will then be extended to other areas in phase two, before being extended to the mainland in phase three.