Japanese firm to put up Sports Hub bike racks

Japanese firm to put up Sports Hub bike racks

SINCE the new Sports Hub opened in June, cyclists have been complaining about the lack of racks to store their bikes.

With the venue's management saying they will be installed only by the end of the year, one new tenant is taking the matter into its own hands.

Japanese firm Shimano says it will put up free-to-use bike racks and locks when it opens an interactive cycling museum there on Sept 25, vowing to cater for whatever demand there is from its visitors.

It will be the only such facility in the 35ha Sports Hub complex.

The nearest racks are at Stadium MRT station which have space for about 15 bicycles, although many more are locked to them.

Last month, The Straits Times reported how cyclists were disappointed that the $1.33 billion sports complex did not have any bike parking spaces, adding that the MRT racks were overcrowded.

Cyclists have praised Shimano's move.

Engineer Issey Chua said: "If I could, I would ride my bike everywhere. What usually makes me think twice is whether I can keep my bike secure. Now there are bike racks, I will definitely go."

Cycling group LoveCyclingSG is planning to visit Shimano's centre when it opens. Co-founder Woon Tai Woon said: "This is wonderful, we're very happy and excited that this consideration has been done for cyclists."

A spokesman for Shimano, the world's biggest manufacturer of cycling components, said the racks will remain there for as long as the firm remains a tenant.

They will be available during its operating hours of 10am to 8pm on weekdays and 10am to 9pm on weekends.

Sportshub Pte Ltd said it is working closely with Shimano and plans to integrate its efforts into its cycling plan for the complex.


This article was first published on September 6, 2014.
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