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Rail operator Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) has introduced a bicycle rental service at its Subang Jaya KTM station, allowing commuters another mobility option to move to their preferred destination, Bernama reports.

The introduction of the oBike service, which is based on the concept of a ‘Station-less Bicycle Sharing Service’, will offer commuters a short distance solution in terms of movement from or to the station. A total of 15 oBikes will be available to the public and KTM commuters.

“The objective for us to have the bicycle rental service here is to further enhance the existing comprehensive transportation network between two destinations as we strongly believe that such services will allow KTMB to improve the first and last mile connectivity,” said Khair Johari Ishak, its GM for the commuter service.

“At the same time, such services will also be able to strongly promote and instill the idea of healthy living and ‘going green’ through cycling,” he said, adding that KTM has identified a few other stations suitable for the bicycle rental service.

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According to oBike boss Ng Yong Ching, public reception towards the bike service has been very encouraging since its introduction in Bandar Sunway two months ago. To utilise the service, one just needs to download the oBike mobile app, which will allow a user to reserve and locate the nearest available oBike within the vicinity.

After a bicycle has been reserved, the app will prompt the users on the distance and time required to walk to their chosen bicycle. To unlock the bicycle, a user will need to scan the QR code located on the bicycle with the app.

Upon reaching the destination, the user can just park the bike at any designated public bicycle parking area and oBike’s on-ground team will retrieve the bicycle via the bicycle’s GPS. Ride charges are RM1 per 15 minutes, and payment is done by deducting the amount the users have pre-loaded into the app via their credit or debit card when they sign-up.