Payment card launched for bike sharing system

(Left) Fast Rent Bike executive manager Gladys Khoo checking bikes at the docking station in Jalan Padang Kota Lama. (Bottom) The new LinkBike card which can be used to scan for the release of bicycles at any docking station.

THE RM1.85mil Bicycle Sharing System has launched an alternative payment method called LinkBike card for those who are not tech-savvy.

Operated by Fast Rent Bike (Penang) Sdn Bhd, this new payment mode will cater to a wider scope of customers, especially those without credit cards.

“The LinkBike card is for those who prefer not to use mobile apps,” its director Ken Yeoh said during the card launching ceremony by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at Light Cafe in Jalan Padang Kota Lama in Penang on Sunday.

Yeoh said bike users could sign up for the LinkBike card at his office or Light Cafe in Jalan Padang Kota Lama starting from today.

The fee is RM150 – RM100 for the refundable deposit, RM20 (credit) and RM30 (one-year membership fee).

Previously, bike users had to download the LinkBike apps from Google Play or App Store before they could scan the QR Code to release the bicycles.

Known as LinkBike, the Bicycle Sharing System is a public owned and privately managed model that enables Penangites and tourists to commute within George Town and several parts of Penang island.

The newly launch Link Bike card which can be used to scan for the release of bicycle at any of the docking stations.Pix by GARY CHEN/The Star/ 28 May 2017.
The new LinkBike card which can be used to scan for the release of bicycles at any docking station.

The cost is borne by Penang Island City Council (90%) and Fast Rent Bike (10%).

There are 250 bicycles at 22 docking stations.

Yeoh said the system had achieved 8,583 ridership since its launch last December.

He said they would add three docking stations to bring the total number to 25.

“We are conducting a public poll for the placement of the three stations,” he said.

“The bike users will know better than us where these stations should be,” he said.

Lim said the comprehensive link bike system had put Penang on the world tourist map.

“You can find such systems in Munich, London and Armsterdam,” he said.

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