6oBIKE

Malaysia's first sta­tion­less bike-shar­ing plat­form aims to fos­ter a greener life­style.

Herworld (Malaysia) - - HER STORY -

If you've ever vis­ited or seen scenes of Lon­don, Am­s­ter­dam, Ber­lin, or any de­vel­oped Euro­pean coun­try, you've prob­a­bly seen peo­ple cycling not just for ex­er­cise but to get from point to point. But, you may not have no­ticed that not all of these bi­cy­cles are owned by the cy­clists. In Lon­don, res­i­dents can loan a bike by tap­ping their bank card on a reader to ob­tain a code, which will re­lease the bi­cy­cle from its dock­ing sta­tion. Once you're done with it, just re­turn it to the near­est dock­ing sta­tion. This bike-shar­ing sys­tem that's pop­u­lar over­seas is the model for oBike, which aims to help Malaysians cul­ti­vate a greener life­style by en­cour­ag­ing the use of pub­lic trans­port and bi­cy­cles.

WHERE IT ALL STARTED

oBike started their ven­ture in Sin­ga­pore in Jan­uary 2017, and in Fe­bru­ary 2017, they had 1,000 oBike bi­cy­cles around Sin­ga­pore. Af­ter four months, they de­cided to roll out the bike-shar­ing plat­form here in Malaysia. You may have spot­ted a row of yel­low bikes parked in front of MRT or LRT sta­tions, shop­ping malls, col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties. Many who com­mute us­ing pub­lic trans­port on a daily ba­sis would find it con­ve­nient to cy­cle to their des­ti­na­tion that's some dis­tance away from the near­est stop, and it's also a good al­ter­na­tive for those who want to get around eas­ily with­out spend­ing too much. oBike's mis­sion is to pro­vide an ef­fi­cient and sus­tain­able mode of trans­porta­tion for the pub­lic, which in turn would save en­ergy and re­duce car­bon diox­ide emis­sion glob­ally.

HOW TO USE IT

You'll have to down­load the oBike app, which is avail­able for An­droid and iOS phones. Once you've set up an ac­count, make a de­posit with a debit or credit card to have vir­tual cur­rency – like how pre­paid SIM cards work, your credit will be de­ducted as you cy­cle. You can only un­lock a bike us­ing the app's QR code scan­ner. Once you're near your des­ti­na­tion, lo­cate the near­est des­ig­nated park­ing area, park it, and then lock the bike man­u­ally. It'll only cost you RM1 for ev­ery 15 min­utes of cycling.

WHO SHOULD USE IT

As it may be a lit­tle dan­ger­ous to ride the bikes along busy high­ways, chil­dren should al­ways be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult. Be­cause con­crete bike paths are sorely lack­ing around Malaysia, make sure you map out your route be­fore­hand as a safety pre­cau­tion. Al­ter­na­tively, if you wish to cy­cle for fun and to stay fit, a you could use the oBike bi­cy­cles at parks with your fam­ily – the near­est dock­ing sta­tions are shown in the app.

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