Link Bike, Penang's NewJewel
Press Release byChief Minister of Penan on 17 Dec 2016 in Penang
Link Bike, Penang’s New Jewel
Georgetown, Penang: Link Bike, the long-awaited bike sharing system is finally in Georgetown, Penang. Bike sharing is a transportation service which provides users point-to-point transportation for short distance trips. It allows the users to pick up a bicycle at any one of the self-serve bike stations strategically located in the network and return it to any bike station at their convenience.
The Link Bike system is going to be a huge paradigm shift in urban mobility. It will serve as a great alternative commute for the public as well as tourists and offers a brand new approach to travel around the UNESCO World Heritage city area.
The bike share system is a public owned and privately managed model. Part of the cost of RM1.85 million is from MBPP (90%) and part private company Fast Rent Bike (10%). Today we witness the kick off for 60 bicycles as initial stage, where all 250 bicycles will be ready by end of February 2017.
Bike sharing system aims to tackle traffic congestion problems as well as pollution and it will start with the launch in Georgetown, Penang. There will be a total of 25 stations strategically scattered throughout the Georgetown area and other places on Penang island. Link Bike is the IoT (Internet of Things) project from MBPP which is designed to best serve the community and the environment.
Link Bike is affordable to all at a price of just RM2.00 for a 24-hour daily pass. You can use any of the bikes for 24 hours with your daily pass and the first 30 minutes of each ride is included in the pass price. If a bike is kept out for more than 30 minutes, a RM1.00 fee will be imposed for every subsequent hour.
This sort of bike sharing system is not something new as it can be found in many other parts of the world like US, France & Canada. Bike sharing programs offer environmental, social economic and public health benefits. The Link Bike program is a step forward to realize Penang State Government’s Vision to make Penang the first bicycle state in Malaysia. It is time to join in on this green movement and make Penang cleaner, greener, safer, healthier & happier. Let's cycle!
LIM GUAN ENG