However, weekend activity in the New Territories, where

However,
the question is that why are otherwise very rule abiding, meticulous and civic
minded unable to handle a simple Bike sharing system? What are the main reasons
that cripple the over existence of bike sharing in Hong Kong. A concept popular
in London, Taiwan and beijing, not be as acceptable to the residents of Hong
Kong

 

 

 

Challenges

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Can we
blame the Government?

While
the government promotes cycling as a healthy weekend activity in the New
Territories, where 218 kilometers of cycle tracks have been built, it does not
consider it to be a form of transportation. What this means is that cycling
would be seen as a leisurely activity and not a means to transport from point A
to B. Which basically implies that the government doesn’t need to have rules
and law that regulate the use of bicycles as a means to transport. Having a
certain set of rules basically helps people to understand what to do. With no
such rules in places, people are not really breaking any laws, they simply don’t
know what to do.

 

Or is
the infrastructure at fault?

Although,
the new territories do have a legit cycling tacks, urban areas, don’t have any
protected cycle tracks or bicycle lanes. Cross-harbour tunnels and all highways
prohibit cyclists. Amongst all public transport only Star Ferry allows bicycles
on the Tsim Sha Tsui-Wan Chai route.

 

Hong
Kong is the hub of financial activities. You see bankers in their crisp shoes,
women in their sharp dresses and high heels in central. Imagine if they were to
actually start riding a bike to work, imagine the woes of looking for a place
to park or a shower room before their first 8 a.m meeting.

 

But,
are Hong Kongers prepared for this?

Even if
Hong Kong was to evolve its infrastructure to support bike sharing as a means
to of transportation, I see a cultural misfit. Most Hong Kongers have no
experience of how to responsibly ride a bike. As a society, from MTRs, to work
spaces, to educating drivers and passengers, introducing a Bike sharing economy
would require the education and overhauling for all the above-mentioned sections
of the society.

 

However,
the question no more is whether to have allow bike sharing in Hong Kong. It has
already entered the ecosystem. The question now is to how to regulate the
system.

 

 

Regulating the Bike Sharing Business

 

Regulations
should not just be changed when there is an immediate need, such as market
failure or a disaster. I feel this is the need for the sharing economy to run
effectively. Prior to government intervention, however, self-regulatory
policies should be introduced in sharing economy companies.

 

What
the Government needs to do?

The Hong government already has a “Bike-friendly”
policy wherein they focus on popularizing the concept of using bike and aims to
reduce the reliance on private cars. The current 

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