6 October 2017:
Malaysia welcomes the latest dockless bike-sharing initiative
Malaysia recently became the third Southeast Asian country to welcome Chinese smart bicycle-sharing company Mobike to its shores. The environmentally-friendly system launched in Shah Alam early last month and has now expanded operations to Cyberjaya.
The Chinese-based start-up offers a bicycle dockless system that operates in unison with a mobile phone app. All customers need to do is download the app from either the Apple App Store for iOS or Google Play Store for Android, pay a one-time refundable deposit of RM99 and then a half-hourly usage rate of RM1.50. To celebrate its launch in Malaysia, Mobike is providing a one month free service in October.
The purpose-built, single-speed bikes contain GPS tracking systems that allow Mobike to keep track of each bike and users to see where the nearest parking bays are. Users who fail to park bikes in designated parking bays will have points deducted from their profile, raising the admission price the next time they use a bike.
Other features include smart-lock technology activated with QR codes, a chainless shaft transmission, non-puncture airless tyres, a lightweight aluminium anti-rust frame and concealed break cables, helping to keep the bike maintenance-free.
Currently Mobike is present in 180 cities with over 100 million registered users worldwide. Its mission is to bring more bikes to more cities, using its innovative technology to make cycling the most convenient and environmentally-friendly transport choice for urban residents.
In its first year of operations, Mobike users collectively cycled over 5.6 billion kilometres, equivalent to reducing CO2 emissions by more than 1.26 million tons, or taking 350,000 cars off the road for a year.
If you’ve been wanting to pedal around but don’t have the means, download the app today and look for your closest Mobike station to grab a bike!
Head to mobike.com for more information.