RTA and Careem announce Dubai bike rental service

3,500 bicycles will be rentable using your Nol card or smartphone

RTA and Careem announce Dubai bike rental service

Getting around Dubai is about to get a lot easier, with news of a brand-new cycle-hire scheme arriving in the city in the not too distant future.

Following a raft of brilliant new projects being announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the RTA will be bringing swathes of new bicycles to the city in a bid to continue the momentum of city-wide fitness goals like the Dubai Fitness Challenge.

Set to alleviate future traffic congestion by increasing opportunities for cyclists to get around Dubai, the RTA has worked in collaboration with the Careem to bring 3,500 new bikes to the city.

It will do so by developing 350 dedicated bike stations across Dubai, similar to the Santander Cycles initiative in London, where you can rent a bike from as little as £2 (roughly Dhs9.50).

Using Careem’s technology, bikes will be tracked through GPS so the project can predict high levels of demand and connect all bikes to a wireless network. You’ll be able to pay to use a bike by credit card, NOL card and through the S’hail smartphone app.

A specific launch date for the project hasn’t been confirmed, but we’re hoping to hear more in the coming months.

This comes off the back of a range of announcements, including new promenades across DWTC, Jumeirah and more encouraging cycle paths and opportunities for cyclists to get on two wheels across the city. Other announcements include the Sky Garden Project, a 380 metre-long footbridge at Dubai Creek that’s set to bring multiple lanes for cycling and running, as well as panoramic views of new and old Dubai.

We can’t wait to find out more.

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