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China's Mobike eyes Singapore launch
07-01-2017, 09:45 AM,
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China's Mobike eyes Singapore launch
I thought this is a little bit out of whack - Started by an ex Uber executive. My intuitive sense is that bicycle sharing are generally for niche areas like campuses, metro stations etc or at regions where there is already a culture of riding bicycles. The culture is been defined by a self-fulfillment sense of "i am going green" by riding bikes more than anything else like necessity. If it is more than necessary, the entry barrier (compared to a car) shouldn't be overwhelming for a bike for an individual, i suppose. Most aspiring people in developing countries and the like, should still prefer to have a car if they can afford it.

China’s Mobike eyes Singapore launch after raising $309 mil in Tencent-led funding
SINGAPORE (Jan 5): China’s bike-sharing start-up Mobike announced it will be launching in Singapore in 2017, following the close of its US$215 million ($309 million) Series D financing round on Thursday.

Despite the big name involvement and large sums, it remains unclear whether these companies can turn a profit when they charge just 1 CNY (approximately $0.15) per hour. Consider that Didi is not profitable despite dominating China’s taxi on-demand industry with 10 million rides per day, and that Uber was burning $1 billion per year in China before agreeing to sell its business there, and the longterm viability of the cycle businesses is unclear.

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07-01-2017, 11:34 AM, (This post was last modified: 07-01-2017, 11:40 AM by ksir.)
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China's Mobike eyes Singapore launch
I guess the cyclocity by jcdecaux is more sustainable as it combines with the ads. So the revenue is also from the ads attached to the bike. It is a simple great idea.

With Spore building up the cycle pathway, the bike sharing will be a stone kills few birds type of idea.
1. Reduce congestion/ diversify the crowd.
2. Sustainable exercise to fight obese issue.
3. Stop the trend of increase of electric scooter and hence less accident due to overspeeding on the sidewalk.
4. Stop over-usage of mobile while walking (i hope nobody cycle and stare-at-the-phone).

Just thinking out loud. (:
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07-01-2017, 11:57 AM, (This post was last modified: 07-01-2017, 11:58 AM by opmi.)
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RE: China's Mobike eyes Singapore launch
Mobike in PRC very messy or flexible, depending on how u see it.
Mobike can be parked ANYWHERE. not just the docking stations.
Not going to happen in SG.

Mobike can also add ads to the bike, docking stations and app. Not an issue.
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07-01-2017, 01:10 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-01-2017, 01:11 PM by BlueKelah.)
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RE: China's Mobike eyes Singapore launch
I dun see how bike sharing can be that profitable, even in China since bicycle is so cheap everywhere.

Singapore weather is either so sunny/rainy/humid and mosquito all year round, plus bonus weeks of haze every year, dun think many people will want to cycle, especially during work days loh, so busy working overtime liao where got time to wash up after getting all sweaty??
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07-01-2017, 02:30 PM,
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RE: China's Mobike eyes Singapore launch
SG is just a hotbed for study on feasibility for future expansion i reckon, since there are no intra-country geographical considerations (eg. should i open in Shanghai or Shenzhen? New York or LA?) together with lower sunken costs/lax government regulations. I think there is a saying that goes "If your business model can survive the high overheads, hot weather, the metropolitan consumer and the small SG market" should be able to do a step better else where"

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