RTA and Careem's bike sharing service is the right step to sustainable transportation
The bikes stations will be solar powered and there will be more laneways dedicated to bicycles to keep up with demand.
Dubai’s RTA and Careem launched its unique bike sharing service in the region, providing 780 pedal assisted bikes over 78 stations across Dubai in its first phase. A significant move for the emirate that sees it venturing in sustainable forms of commuting around the city.
HE Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA and Mr. Mudassir Sheikha, Co-Founder and CEO of Careem, accompanied by Ahmed Bin Sulayem Executive Chairman of Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, inaugurated the service at the Jumeirah Lakes Towers’ station. A number of executives from both sides attended the inauguration event.
Careem will track the bikes via GPS and stations have been placed in areas with higher movement of people. The stations are solar powered and it would allow Careem Bike users to hire and pay via the Careem Bike app, which allows them to unlock the bicycle by scanning the QR code on the bicycle and enter a 5-digit code from the application into the station.
The stations are placed in, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah Lake Towers, The Greens, Barsha Heights, Dubai Water Canal, Dubai Media City, Downtown Dubai and Al Qudra, in addition to a number of spots across Al Karama and Al Mankhool, the service allows a top speed of 30 km/h, on bicycle dedicated tracks and on safe roads that are covered by the service.
According to its 15-year contract with the RTA, Careem will operate 1,750 bicycles and install 175 stations during the first two years, before increasing them to a total of 3,500 bicycles and 350 stations over the next five years. The overall bicycle tracks across Dubai will reach 647 km by 2023.
HE Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer said: “This service contributes to Dubai sustainability efforts and encourages residents and tourists to enjoy an active and healthy life, providing them with a new transportation option that will improve mobility across the city. The service supports RTA's efforts to create an integrated ecosystem that offers different transportation means, as it supports a vehicle-free flexible model and integrates within daily transportation services, using a safe and comfortable approach. This falls under the efforts made by the Government of Dubai to reduce energy consumption and pollution, provide a healthier and happier environment and offer short (first mile and last-mile) connection service that helps public transportation users reach their final destinations.”
Mr. Mudassir Sheikha, CEO and Co-Founder of Careem, said: “We are pleased and excited to launch the first-of-its-kind multi-phase programme in the region. We extend our gratitude to all community stakeholders who played a significant role in supporting the initiative and helped us provide our services to the residents and the visitors alike.”