News first emerged of Careem’s plans to introduce a pay-as-you-ride bicycle scheme in Dubai last year, and now the first set of rentable bikes are available for you to hop on in Dubai.
The RTA has announced that some 780 pedal bikes are launching across the city, in what has been officially called the project’s first phase consisting of 78 bike stations. The launch took place at the Jumeirah Lakes Towers metro station, and you’ll often find the bikes available to hire close to, or immediately outside of Dubai’s Metro stations.
Each bike is connected to a GPS system, to help manage congestion and for Careem to anticipate said congestion in specific areas during peak hours. They rely on environmentally friendly solar power, and travel at a top speed of 30kph in specific areas – whether it’s on one of the city’s growing number of dedicated biking tracks, or on safe roads specifically chosen by Careem and the RTA.
To access a bike, you just need to download the Careem Bike App, which will allow you to unlock by scanning a QR code on each bike, and then inputting a related 5-digit code from your app straight into the station.
Longer term, in the 15-year partnership ongoing between Careem and the RTA, eventually there will be some 3,500 bikes and 350 stations across Dubai. It’s expected the take five years to reach this third and final phase of the scheme.
“This service contributes to Dubai’s 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,” said Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer.
“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.”
You can find Careem bike stations in Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach Road, JLT, The Greens, Barsha Heights, Dubai Media City, Downtown Dubai, Al Qudra and beyond – so you can go and see plenty of those amazing attractions across Dubai.
.@rta_dubai and @CareemUAE officially launched the first-of-its-kind bike sharing service in the region, providing 780 pedal assisted bikes over 78 stations across #Dubai under the project’s phase 1.https://t.co/gIiSrilKdv pic.twitter.com/MF4xaizFob— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) February 22, 2020
To find out more, head to www.rta.ae.