PENANG’s first bicycle hub, next to Gama Supermarket and Departmental Store in Jalan Datuk Keramat, is expected to be completed at the end of 2016 and will be operational by early 2017.
The hub is part of a 10-storey car park by Gama costing RM30mil.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the hub would consist of a basement dedicated for a secured bicycle park with the capacity for 111 bicycles, a bicycle repair centre, a biker’s cafe, a state-of-the-art gym complete with changing rooms.
“All these will be housed in a 25,000sq ft build-up area, which is currently an open car park next to Gama in George Town, Penang.
“The facilities will allow one to cycle to-and-fro from work,” he said during the building’s ground-breaking ceremony at the site in Jalan Gurdwara recently.
He added that the hub would complement the 12.5km dedicated bicycle lane built from Queensbay Mall to Komtar scheduled for completion at the end of the year.
Meanwhile, the car park will contain at least 260 parking bays.
It was reported that the mall currently has 102 car parking bays, which is insufficient to cater to a rapidly growing customer base.
The mall’s managing director Datuk Andrew Lim Tatt Keong said construction of the car park-cum-hub would start in October.
He said Gama has been engaged in retailing in Penang for almost 48 years.
Tatt Keong said rates for the car park and bicycle park are yet to be fixed, but it would be in line with Gama’s principle of being cheap and good.