Shared Electric Bikes Enter Campus
Writer: Zhang Xiaoya
Editor: Ma Yafei
BANGI, 27 April - In an effort to promote sustainable transportation options, the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia(UKM) have partnered with a bike-sharing company named Easy Wheels to introduce shared electric bikes on their campuses.
These shared electric bikes, which are equipped with a small motor to assist with pedalling, also have geofencing enabled, are equipped with a GPS tracking system and are built to withstand the demands of daily use.
It can be rented using a smartphone app, users just unlock the bikes, and then they can ride it to their destination, these bikes can be returned to any designated location.
The Easy Wheels have also introduced several affordable biking packages for consumers to purchase from, which facilitate their cycling experience and include relevant insurance services, to provide users with a better and safer riding experience.
(Photo Source: the Easy Wheels official Instagram account)
According to the information given on the official website, shared bikes are a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to get around campus. They hope that by promoting these shared electric bikes, more people will choose electric bikes instead of cars, which will help reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.
This initiative has been well received by students, who say that’s a great way to get around campus quickly and easily.
"I love using the shared electric bikes," said Zhao Wenxuan, a sophomore(23). "They're really easy to rent and use, and they're a lot of fun to ride, also providing us a new transportation option. "
"Yes, that’s really useful." Zhang Ping(21), a sophomore student from China who was with Zhao, said, "The concept of bike-sharing has been popular in China for a long time, and related aspects have become more and more refined. Now I am in Malaysia, I am surprised to find that bike-sharing is also available here. It’s really convenient, reduces traffic congestion and parking difficulties, I really like it!"
Some users have also provided their suggestions.
Zhu Shuangshuang(20), a freshman who came to UKM, said: "Shared electric bikes entering campus have indeed brought us some convenience and made our one-way trips become cheaper, but I think the offered riding packages can be updated and improved because they only have a half-month riding package, lacking monthly or quarterly plans, and the price also needs to be negotiated. Therefore, I think the Easy Wheels company can make corresponding improvements, this is my view.”
The introduction of shared electric bikes on campus has made it more convenient for students and faculty to travel freely within the campus, and it’s also more environmentally friendly than Grab.
This bike sharing project can be seen as a positive step towards promoting sustainable transportation options.
Nowadays, more and more faculty and students are choosing to ride shared electric bikes around campus.