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Bike-sharing service launched in township


(From left) S P Setia Bhd executive vice-president Datuk Koe Peng Kang, Wong and Martin launching the Mobike facility at the Setia City Convention Centre in Shah Alam

(From left) S P Setia Bhd executive vice-president Datuk Koe Peng Kang, Wong and Martin launching the Mobike facility at the Setia City Convention Centre in Shah Alam

THE Setia Alam and Setia Eco Park township community may have found a “last mile” connectivity solution in Mobike.

S P Setia Bhd, together with Mobike, has launched a smart, “dockless” bike-sharing service to improve the quality of life in the area and enable urban short trips in a convenient manner.

Speaking at the launch in Setia City Convention Centre in Shah Alam, S P Setia deputy president and chief operating officer Datuk Wong Tuck Wai said the smart bike-sharing service offers big townships as well as their residents and visitors many benefits.

Mobikes are a fun way to solve the last mile connectivity, and is now available in the Setia Alam and Setia Eco Park townships.

Mobikes are a fun way to solve the last mile connectivity, and is now available in the Setia Alam and Setia Eco Park townships.

“It reduces traffic congestion, decreases pollution and is a simple yet cost-effective urban transportation option.

“It’s also a great way for everyone to stay fit and healthy,” added Wong.

Additionally, Wong said Mobike supports the eco concept of the developer’s townships by reducing their carbon footprint.

“It is managed within a very compact space without requiring a large investment, but brings improved convenience to the local community,” he said.

The bike, which combines innovation and today’s Internet of Things (IoT) technology, is available through an app, similar to car-hailing apps that many urbanites are now familiar with.

Mobike international expansion vice-president Chris Martin said the app was easy to use and involved locating a bike, unlocking it through a QR code scan, ride, park and then share.

“It functions through a smooth, single-action user interface whereby you search, unlock and pay.

(Left) A total of 600 Mobikes will be made available at Setia Alam and Setia Eco Park at designated locations.

A total of 600 Mobikes will be made available at Setia Alam and Setia Eco Park at designated locations.

“You can even track your rides such as the distance covered and the calories you’ve burned riding the bikes,” said Martin.

He added that the bikes were reinvented for sharing, unlike conventional bicycles.

“They have airless, low-wear tyres and have no spokes or chains. The bikes require zero maintenance,” he noted.

Mobike bicycles are equipped with unique smart-lock technology and built-in GPS connected via the Mobike IoT network, which helps locate and monitor the health of each bike to ensure supply and a quality experience for users.

Furthermore, the data generated can provide urban transportation insights for cities and local communities, while managing bike demand and informing infrastructure planning in the locality.

Mobike is present in more than 160 cities around the world, with 100 million registered users and seven million bicycles, peaking at about 25 million rides per day.

“We are truly excited to partner with S P Setia to bring our customised smart bike-share service to Malaysia, a country embarking on the path to achieve an efficient, integrated and sustainable public transport system.

(Above) Martin explaining how one can easily access Mobike via the app.

 Martin explaining how one can easily access Mobike via the app

“We envision Mobike growing in tandem with the nation’s push to redefine the transportation sector’s environmental impact,” Martin said.

A total of 600 Mobikes will be made available in Setia Alam and Setia Eco Park at designated locations, at a charge of RM1.50 nett for 30 minutes.

“We are confident that this initiative with Mobike will instil the love of cycling within the community,” said Wong.

He added that the developer had plans to adopt this initiative in all its townships.

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