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RTA, Careem launch Phase II of bike rental service

A Careem Bike-Share stand in Dubai.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Careem launched Phase II of bike rental service (bike-share) by adding 950 pedal-assisted e-bikes (bikes operated by pedals and kinetic energy), and 95 stations, which will bring the total number of bikes in Dubai to 1,750 bikes at 175 stations.

Thus, it has become the first completely pedal-assisted docked bike-share initiative in the world. The step is part of a multi-stage scheme to deploy 3,500 bikes at 350 docking stations across Dubai.

The new stations will be introduced at key areas across Dubai, which will include the new cycling track at Jumeirah Beach, Al Safa, Dubai Canal, Dubai Marina, Al Mamzar, Al Satwa, Jumeirah 1, Al Khwaneej, Al Jaffliya, Business Bay, Dubai Internet City, and Jumeirah Lakes Towers. More stations will be added in various districts during the upcoming expansion. Careem Bikes completed 1,592 million trips as of February 2022.

Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, expressed his delight with the huge success of the joint venture between RTA and Careem for rolling out Dubai’s bike-share service.

Al Tayer was also pleased by the growing habit of cycling as a sport and using bikes as an alternative and sustainable mean of mobility, which contributes in realising the first and last-mile journey strategy.

“The initiative supports the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the best city for living and to make people happier. It also supports the directives of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, to transform Dubai into a bicycle-friendly city, which requires uplifting the infrastructure and adopting the top international practices,” added Al Tayer.

“The bike-rental service advances the sustainability of Dubai and encourages residents and tourists to practice cycling on the 527 km long cycling tracks spread all over Dubai. It also supports RTA’s effort in boosting the integration of mass transit means by promoting flexible car-free mobility trips, and safely integrating them with daily means of transportation.”

“Thus, it serves the overall objective of reducing the use of private vehicles and switching to the use of other more sustainable means of transportation. The step will support the Dubai Government’s efforts to reduce the consumption of energy and pollution, and provide a healthier and happier environment as well as short-haul services (first and last mile) that helps public transport riders reach their final destinations.”

Bassel Al Nahlaoui, Managing Director of Mobility at Careem, said, “We are expanding Careem BIKE in response to the incredible demand we have seen for micro-mobility transport across the UAE. More and more people are choosing to travel by bike, for work or leisure, and we are incredibly proud that Careem BIKE is doubling in size to become the first completely pedal-assisted docked bike-share initiative in the world. These efforts will contribute to the transition towards sustainable transport.

Careem BIKE became the first bike-sharing scheme in the Middle East following Careem’s acquisition of the local company Cyacle. Today it is the official micro-mobility partner at Expo 2020, offering a quick and sustainable way to travel around the world fair.WAM

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