Abu Dhabi is becoming bicycle-friendly with plans of adding more bike sharing stations. Residents will have the convenience of being able to take a bike from a docking stations using a ride code or a member key and returning it at any other station while visiting the city without the hassle of driving and tackling city traffic. Anyone holding a credit or debit card can take the bike on rent by swiping the card at the terminals which allows the person to have access to the cycle that can be picked up or returned to any station.
Bike sharing is a fun, affordable and convenient way to get around the UAE capital. While locals will find that cycling is more convenient to reach nearby shops or get groceries, tourists will benefit from the experience to stop and see the sights a lot easier than with another other means of transportation. Bike sharing facilities are also aimed at encouraging more employees biking to their workplaces.
“Bikeshare is a global innovative transportation programme that helps commuters get around the city in an easy and convenient manner,” the ADCB, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, mentions.
ADCB Bikeshare, in partnership with Cyacle (a private bike-sharing venture funded by the Khalifa Fund) is Abu Dhabi’s first and only bike share scheme that currently operates on Yas Island and Al Raha Beach with 11 stations (it’s going to increase to 50 in the bounds of the city) and 75 bikes (with plans to have more than 300).
“There will be 22 stations across Abu Dhabi island, with two at the Corniche,” said Ellaine Fatima, the marketing manager at Cyacle. Interested commuters will see bike-sharing stations being setup at Abu Dhabi Corniche, Al Raha Gardens, Yas, Saadiyat and Reem islands, New York University’s campus and Masdar City where it is expected to grow very popular.
As Ms. Fatima explained: “We are planning to triple the number of bike users in Abu Dhabi city this year . Last year  we had 22,000 bike users.” So far, the Cycle Sharing Service Cyacle launched in Abu Dhabi has achieved much success.
Users have access to bicycles 24×7 through self-service stations located across the city. Riders can either purchase a one-day pass at AED 15 (US$ 4) or a three-day pass at AED 40 (US$ 11). Monthly membership is also available for a one-off fee of AED 99 (US$ 27) and an annual membership costs AED 499 (US$ 136) per year. This allows the user to take an unlimited number of journeys throughout the duration of their pass. Using ADCB Bikeshare requires the rider to go to the terminal and purchase the desired pass using a Credit or Debit Card. Note: “To ensure bikes are not left around unused, they have to be docked at a station every hour, or additional charges will be imposed.”
The program provides visitors and residents with an environmentally friendly transport option and can create healthier lifestyles, reduce carbon footprint and ease congestion and pollution on streets and highways, says Emirati entrepreneur Hani Saleh Akasha, co-founder of Cyacle. As the Cyacle bike-sharing scheme expands within the UAE capital, it is in line with ADCB commitment to initiatives that encourage sustainability, health & wellbeing, and the environment.
Hani Akasha, managing partner of Cyacle, said: “We want to promote cycling as a lifestyle and means of transport. The idea is to familiarize people with cycling and its health benefits so that they can use it in their daily life.”
Supporting the community and its growing ambitions lies at the heart of Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) vision “to create a new cost-effective and energy saving method of transport for recreational and leisure purposes,” says Martin Scott, Chief Marketing Officer of ADCB.
All told, Abu Dhabi is the perfect place for cycling. So, are you ready to rent bikes from the city-wide ADCB Bike Share system?
For more information visit bikeshare.ae, or else visit cyacle.ae, call 800-CYACLE (292253) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.