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Towards a bike-sharing community


(From left) Oride (M) Sdn Bhd chief financial officer Nickmund Chow, Wong, Koong, Ter and Xiamen University Malaysia academic affairs office deputy director Professor Dr. Ying Zhang showing the bicycle that will be used for the bike-sharing programme, after the press conference at Sunsuria City sales gallery at Kota Damansara.

(From left) Oride (M) Sdn Bhd chief financial officer Nickmund Chow, Wong, Koong, Ter and Xiamen University Malaysia academic affairs office deputy director Professor Dr. Ying Zhang showing the bicycle that will be used for the bike-sharing programme, after the press conference at Sunsuria City sales gallery at Kota Damansara.

RESIDENTS and visitors to Sunsuria City, Salak Tinggi can expect the first community Bicycle Sharing Programme to start by the first quarter of 2017.

The programme allows people in the township to rent bicycles for a certain time from designated bicycle stations and return them at any available station.

A joint-venture project with Oride (M) Sdn Bhd, the bicycle-sharing initiative, will roll out the first three stations out of the seven planned within the 212.5ha freehold integrated development, bringing 50 bicycles into the community.

Sunsuria Berhad chief executive officer Koong Wai Seng said the programme was in line with the township’s three guiding principles – smart, livable and sustainable.

“The programme aims to promote an active and healthy lifestyle within the community while offering people the convenience of commuting around the township,” said Koong.

The first three stations will be strategically located in Xiamen University Malaysia, Bandar Salak Tinggi Express Rail Link (ERL) Station and Sunsuria City sales gallery, which will be called Celebration Centre in the future.

“After tedious planning, the remaining four stations will be placed at prominent spots at the residential and commercial areas,” he said.

Koong added that the cycling route and bicycle stations would surround the 60.7ha Xiamen University Malaysia, which was the core of the township.

“Collaborating with the university to set up a station aims to give students direct access the bicycles, which is also one of the main objectives of the programme.

Along with the programme, pedestrian walkways and bicycle lanes will be included as part of key components across the township.

“A 500m walkway from the ERL station to the Celebration Centre will be ready simultaneously with the first three stations,” added Koong.

Oride (M) Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Harry Wong said the active and sustainable transportation alternative would have affordable rates to encourage people to take up cycling.

“Users are required to register for a bicycle card at a designated bicycle counter with an identity card or a student card, and are required to pay a refundable deposit.

“Reload your card, pick a bicycle, record your card at the station’s site controller and start cycling.

“Bicycles can be returned at any empty dock before ending transaction at the site controller again.

“The rental is RM1 per hour. However, subsequent hours will be slightly higher to prevent users from keeping the bicycles for a long duration as they are meant to be shared,” said Wong, adding that students can enjoy a one-month promotion period for free.

With an investment of more than RM300,000 for the first stage, the bicycle-sharing system features bicycle locking devices, site controllers and a smart control management system.

The system records rental transactions, availability status as well as user’s information and will be available from 7am to 9pm during the initial stage.

“The bicycles are made of highly durable and corrosion-resistant aluminium alloy with 24-inch frame wheels and come in an anti-theft design which is different from conventional bicycles.

“To prevent theft and vandalism, we will also be collaborating with the security officers and local police while surveillance cameras will be installed at all stations,” said Wong.

Sunsuria Oride Sdn Bhd, formed through the subsidiaries of Sunsuria Berhad, Sunsuria City Sdn Bhd and Sunsuria Gateway Sdn Bhd, is a joint-venture between Sunsuria and Oride (N) Sdn Bhd.

Sunsuria Oride Sdn Bhd will operate and maintain the bike-sharing system in Sunsuria City and aims to open five stations in three years time.

During the press conference at Sunsuria City sales gallery in Kota Damansara, Sunsuria Bhd signed a 70:30 joint-venture agreement with Oride (M) Sdn Bhd for the township’s bicycle-sharing programme.

The event also saw the signing of the memorandum of collaboration between Sunsuria Oride Sdn Bhd and Xiamen University Malaysia to set up a bicycle station at the East entrance of the campus.

With a gross development value of RM10bil, the township features an array of retail malls, apartments, commercial shoplots and landed residential homes.

The township also enjoys convenient accessibility via several major highways such as Elite highway, Putrajaya-Cyberjaya Expressway, North-South Expressway.

The first phase of the university is expected to be complete by next February, targeting a minimum of 3,000 students by end of 2017.

The township will be launched in phases over the span of eight to 10 years.

“The whole idea is to reflect what owners and the people within the township wants.

“It is not just about making money but creating a place that I would want to live and work in,” concluded Sunsuria Bhd executive chairman Datuk Ter Leong Yap.

   

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