UAE – Mubasher: Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a contract with ride-hailing company Careem for the operation of 3,500 bicycles across 350 smart docking stations in Dubai, according to a statement released on Saturday.
Under the agreement, Careem will operate 1750 bikes and install 175 stations during the first two years of the 15-year contract. In the following five years, the company will expand the operation to include 3500 bikes and 350 docking stations.
“Over the past years, RTA had constructed cycling tracks extending 274 kilometres in several places like Saih Assalam, Bab Ashams, Al Qudra, Mushrif, Mirdif, Al Khawaneej, and Dubai Water Canal,” director-general and chairman of RTA Mattar Al Tayer said.
Careem will use a smart system to track bicycles, predict high occupancy areas, and connect all bicycles through GPS. The Dubai-based transportation network company will utilise environmental sustainability methods through operating solar-powered bicycle racks and connecting them to a wireless network.
Moreover, regular or pedal-assisted bikes will be offered at affordable prices for use in a variety of options ranging from daily to annual.
“We will work with PBSC Urban Solutions to provide solar-powered docking stations fitted with WiFi service. The Company was selected for its reputation and high standing in bike-sharing systems worldwide. It provides services to clients in London, Barcelona and New York,” co-founder and CEO of Careem Mudassir Sheikha commented.
The new services will be offered in many areas in Dubai including the Marina, Jumeirah, Dubai Water Canal, Deira, Al Khawaneej and Al Qudra.