Bike Sharing at Nanyang Technological University


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A depiction of a possible scenario of the bike sharing system applied to the context of NTU. Compilation of a series of questions and concerns related to the system.

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Bike Sharing at Nanyang Technological University

  1. 1. STUDENT NTU Student enters NTU as a freshman. Is presented with a matriculation card. Name of bike-share scheme? Logo
  2. 2. Student sees others cycling around school First questions: Do I need to pay? Will I use it? Where do I get a bike from? Where can I ride it to? For how long can I use the bicycle? Is it convenient? Is it safe?
  3. 3. Where do I get a bike from? From all bus stops (alternative to public transport) + behind North and South Spine? (or other spots along Nanyang Avenue, not served by buses, high human traffic)
  4. 4. <ul><li>For short trips around school opposing the flow of public/shuttle bus </li></ul><ul><li>For short trips around school regardless of public/shuttle bus as you just need to get somewhere FAST w/o waiting, buses are too crowded </li></ul><ul><li>Bicycle is FREE to use </li></ul><ul><li>Good way to chill out with friends/hall mates </li></ul><ul><li>No, too hot and strenuous </li></ul><ul><li>No, unsafe </li></ul>Will I use it? Sometimes student has to consider the option of taking the public/shuttle bus or bicycle. Bus stops: Information available to evaluate arrival times of buses, or rent a bicycle. (But how reliable is this information? Is it necessary?)
  5. 5. <ul><li>Encourage frequent changeovers so that more people have access to the bicycles </li></ul><ul><li>Prevent single users from hogging the bicycles somehow </li></ul>For how long can I use it?
  6. 6. <ul><li>Are the bicycles well-maintained? </li></ul><ul><li>Riding with other motorised traffic </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of sufficient riding space/no leeway </li></ul><ul><li>Confusion on how to ride on the road (follow traffic rules?) </li></ul><ul><li>Other motorised vehicles ignore/underestimate speed of cyclists/do not know what to expect from cyclists </li></ul>Is it safe? Improve clarity on road use, improve the poor communication between road users. (Mainly through education?)
  7. 7. <ul><li>It’s too hot/strenuous </li></ul><ul><li>It might get my clothes dirty </li></ul><ul><li>I’ll be perspiring by the time I get to my destination </li></ul><ul><li>How do I carry my bag while I ride? </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to take bike out/return it </li></ul><ul><li>Is the station near my destination? </li></ul><ul><li>What if I face a problem in the midst of my use of the bike? </li></ul>How to make it more convenient? Showers/freshen-up” areas Panniers to carry folders, grocery bags, small bags, big bags? Waterproof, covered Roleplay simulation of individual situations in a poster
  8. 8. <ul><li>Within school </li></ul><ul><li>To Pioneer MRT </li></ul><ul><li>To Jurong Point </li></ul><ul><li>Bus stop just outside school </li></ul><ul><li>-Anywhere else, within the loan period. </li></ul><ul><li>i.e. -Neighbourhood hardware shop </li></ul><ul><li>-Supper places </li></ul><ul><li>-Parks </li></ul>Where can I ride it to? System can be extended into the near immediate neighbourhood. Within certain extents.
  9. 9. <ul><li>Locate the nearest station </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain a bicycle that is safe </li></ul><ul><li>-What to do if you notice a bike in need of repair </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain bicycle using a key/card </li></ul><ul><li>-Put belongings in the bag/basket </li></ul><ul><li>Mount the bike comfortably </li></ul><ul><li>Clothes are out of the way of the wheels etc. </li></ul><ul><li>What to do if bicycle tire puntures in the midst of the journey </li></ul><ul><li>What if it starts to rain? </li></ul><ul><li>Arrive at a hill – difficult to cycle up </li></ul><ul><li>Seat is too low (how many people actually adjust the seat height?) </li></ul><ul><li>Pedalling is uncomfortable due to unsuitable seat height </li></ul><ul><li>Riding on wet ground </li></ul><ul><li>Arrive at destination, but can you go directly to your destination or do you have to actually cycle to the nearest station and then walk to your destination? </li></ul><ul><li>You’re almost late for class. But there are no more parking spots at the nearest station! </li></ul><ul><li>How far is it from your classroom? </li></ul><ul><li>How to park the bicycle? Need to use key or tap card again? Or no need? Do I need to lock it physically to the station? </li></ul><ul><li>Any charges incurred in total? </li></ul><ul><li>Can I report any feedback? </li></ul><ul><li>Can I report any problems? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the exchange confusing? Lights blinking here and there. Unclear. </li></ul><ul><li>Is the parking space cramped? </li></ul><ul><li>What if there is a machine/software failure? </li></ul><ul><li>Can I take a shower/freshen up before heading to my destination? </li></ul>SCENARIO 1: Within school
  10. 10. SCENARIO 2: To Pioneer MRT/Jurong Point <ul><li>How great is the demand to cycle to Pioneer MRT and to Jurong Point respectively? </li></ul><ul><li>Is some kind of special locking facility/protection for bikes needed now that they are out of the campus? </li></ul><ul><li>Is a camera pointed at the bicycle parking area enough of a deterrent to bike thiefs? </li></ul><ul><li>Possible to obtain a parking space just under the MRT station?(just outside the shopping centre?) </li></ul><ul><li>Is the parking space exclusive to the NTU-bike-share bicycles, or can it be shared with other cyclists as a common facility? </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>I lock the bike to existing structures (bicycle racks, rails, fences etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>How do I lock it in an easy but secure manner? </li></ul><ul><li>How can I be sure that the bicycle is safe while I go shopping/go do my errands etc.? </li></ul><ul><li>What happens if my bicycle gets stolen? </li></ul><ul><li>What happens if the bicycle tire gets punctured? </li></ul>SCENARIO 3: To any other place Image search:locking bicycle
  12. 12. <ul><li>Bicycle design </li></ul><ul><li>borrow frame and some features from established bike share programs based on some criteria: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>basic features, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sturdiness, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>aesthetic appeal </li></ul></ul>Details
  13. 13. <ul><li>Locking/Parking/Stations (electronic? Physical? Shared facilities with other bicycle users? Issue of redistribution of bicycles)(Do stations shelter the bike from rain/sun?)(Are the locking/interface aspects in-built into the bicycles, or built into the parking stations?) </li></ul><ul><li>These are some options available right now: </li></ul>Details
  14. 14. <ul><li>Identity of bicycles: Advertising and communicating the various schools’ activities and events within NTU and to the community </li></ul><ul><li>Colorful, appealing </li></ul>Details Student/student clubs/schools etc. can “adopt-a-bike”
  15. 15. <ul><li>Early in the morning, say at 5am, all the bicycles get redistributed and maintained. </li></ul>Other Details