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Careem users in Dubai can now use their smartphones to rent bicycles from 78 locations across the city. This new convenient and fitness-friendly initiative was made possible by a strategic collaboration between the ride-hailing firm and Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority

This is only phase-1 of the initiative that will eventually see Careem offering 3,500 bicycles for rental from 350 designated stations across the emirate. 

The first bikes under the scheme were made available to the public at 10 AM on Saturday at several key locations including Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Lake Towers, The Greens, Jumeirah Beach Road, Barsha Heights, Downtown Dubai, Dubai Media City, Al Qudra, Jumeirah Lake Towers, and Dubai Water Canal.

Here’s a rundown of all the things you need to know in case you’re interested in taking advantage of Careem’s new bicycle rental service:

  • All Careem-operated bicycles will be available at solar-powered docking stations spread throughout the city.
  • Users can rent a bicycle using the Careem Bike app, which enables them to unlock the vehicle using a QR or a five-digit code.  
  • The maximum allowed speed is 30kmph.
  • Cyclists must adhere to all local laws and regulations while renting a bicycle.
  • Cyclists must get off their bicycles while on a crossing point.
  • Cyclists must wear a reflective vest, a protective helmet, and ride on the right side of bicycle tracks.
  • Users under the age of 15 are not allowed unless accompanied by an adult.

Following the launch, Mattar Al Tayer, director-general of the transport authority, briefed the media by saying: “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.”

He also added that the rental scheme will go a long way in further bolstering the ongoing efforts to “reduce energy consumption and pollution” and offer a short first and last-mile connection service between public transport stops.”