OCBC BANK (Malaysia) Bhd, title sponsors of the popular bi-monthly OCBC KL Car Free Morning, is officially rolling out two-seater tandem bikes tomorrow.
The provision of the 10 new bicycles is a significant addition to the 100 bicycles that the bank has been making available since September 2014.
OCBC KL Car Free Morning, organised by Kuala Lumpur City Hall, is held from 7am to 9am every first and third Sunday of the month and features closed roads for people of all walks of life to cycle, handcycle, run, skateboard, rollerskate, rollerblade or simply walk.
It starts from Dataran DBKL near Dataran Merdeka and leads participants through about 7km of major streets in Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle.
OCBC KL Car Free Morning Implementation Committee chairman Datuk Naim Mohamad said the provision of the tandem bicycles by OCBC Bank was a timely enhancement to the event.
“The tandem bikes will benefit those who wish to ride with their families, and also those who find it difficult to ride without a companion, for example, the visually impaired and handicapped individuals.
“We have seen a growing number of families enjoying the opportunity to bond through OCBC KL Car Free Morning.”
“For many of them, Sunday mornings out on KL’s streets has become pretty much a weekend family fixture. An added attraction like the new tandem bikes provided by OCBC Bank will certainly enhance their experience.
“In addition, the tandem bikes promote an inclusive spirit and will ensure those who cannot cycle alone can go ahead and enjoy the sport as well. This would include those with coordination difficulties and the visually impaired,” he said.
OCBC Al-Amin Bank Berhad chief executive officer Syed Abdull Aziz Syed Kechik said OCBC had been keen from early on to have tandem bicycles featured at OCBC KL Car Free Morning as the platform represents the perfect avenue for couples and families to strengthen their relationships and for the visually impaired to get involved as well, in addition to protecting the environment and promoting a healthy lifestyle.
“At the start of the year, we pledged to progressively grow the OCBC KL Car Free Morning platform, and the provision of these 10 tandem bicycles,together with the other interactive activities being rolled out progressively at the OCBC Cycle booth, are part of the overall plan.
“We are confident this will resonate with the masses. We are already seeing people cycling with their elderly parents seated behind them.
“Perhaps these tandem bicycles will pave the way for the elderly folk and the visually impaired to pedal along as well in a safe way,” he said.
Present at the brief handover ceremony was a visually impaired staff of OCBC Bank, Lee Teik Koon, who recently “tested” out the OCBC KL Car Free Morning route and the tandem bikes and duly gave both the thumbs up.
“I am glad that the visually impaired like me now have the opportunity to participate in the event as well. The experience riding on the tandem bike during the event was exhilarating.
“I hope to be back on the road more often,”said Lee, who has been with OCBC Bank for over 30 years.
The OCBC Cycle booth at OCBC KL Car Free Morning features, among other things, interactive games and activities for the public to participate in.
The OCBC Cycle bicycles are available for the public to use from 6am every event day.
Cyclists need to show an ID with photographic identification when borrowing the bicycles from Menara OCBC, which is a short walk from the starting point.
Use of the bicycles is on a first- come, first-served basis and there is no charge involved.
All cyclists are responsible for bringing their own helmets.
For details, the public may visit www.klcarfreemorning.com/