Volume 11 (2015) Pages 60-74
Public bicycle sharing programs (PBSPs) is gaining worldwide attention as an important climate-smart, active transport alternative. Despite becoming permanent fixtures in the urban landscape of the West, PBSP implementation in Asia, except for China, has been relatively dismal. Many of the pilot models have been adaptation of Western examples that do not appropriately fit the distinct physical, cultural, economic and political context of Asia-Pacific cities (e.g. diverse set of land uses, the relatively dense urban centres and formal/informal transport interaction). This research explores the glocalisation of bikesharing schemes in five selected Asia cities. Drawing upon a systematic review of literature, this paper aims to building the evidence base to increase our understanding of PBSPs implementation as an important first step in planning for a low carbon society and advance the limited information to effectively inform low-carbon planning and policy especially from the perspective of active transport within the Asian context.