GEORGE TOWN: Users of the first bicycle sharing system in Penang have given the thumbs up after the RM1.85 million service was launched yesterday. Alan Khor, 40, said the system provided an alternate mode of getting around George Town other than cars. He said the service can help in cutting down the number of cars within the popular heritage site. “This can help promote a healthier lifestyle,” he said when met at Lebuh Pantai where one of the nine Link Bike stations are located. Fast Rent Bike (Penang) Sdn Bhd director Ken Yeoh told theSun the response to the Link Bike sharing system was positive with many already registering with the service. He said the system was poised to grow to 250 bicycles and 25 stations by February next year to accommodate demand. “The response has been very encouraging,” he said and hoped the bicycles can help in cutting down motorised transport use. Another user, Azlan Hussain, 35, said the environmentally friendly service would again put Penang on the map. He said such a system can help enhance the tourism industry as the convenience afforded by bicycles was attractive to visitors.