In Cairo, you can rent a bike for one pound per hour



Mon, 30 May 2022 - 10:33 GMT


Mon, 30 May 2022 - 10:33 GMT

Bikes at a bike-sharing station in Cairo- Press photo by Cairo Governorate

Bikes at a bike-sharing station in Cairo- Press photo by Cairo Governorate

CAIRO – 31 May 2022: For the first time nationwide, the Cairo Bike project will enter into force in mid-July as the citizen can rent a bike for only one Egyptian pound per hour, through a mobile application, said the Cairo Governorate in a statement on Sunday.


Bike stations will be available in the city center, as part of the executive procedures to activate the “Cairo Bike” project to spread the use of bicycles and promote it as an alternative non-mechanical means of transportation in the capital.


Cairo Bike project is the result of a partnership between the Cairo Governorate and development partners, with the support of the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat). It is funded by the Swiss Drosos Foundation, while technically supported and supervised by the Institute for Transport and Development Policy (ITDP), said Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel-Aal in the statement.


The design of the stations and bikes and their mobile application has been completed, as the idea of the bike-sharing system depends on the presence of a large network of points where bikes are available for the public, he added.


The users can use the mobile application and pay only one Egyptian pound per hour with a prepaid recharge card. This project will be firstly implemented in the downtown areas, Garden City and Zamalek, with a fleet of 500 bikes that will be tracked by GPS, and distributed at 45 stations near metro stations and public transport lines.


The Governor of Cairo said that this project comes in line with Egypt’s preparations to host the Climate Summit (COP27), as Cairo Governorate has strived to support the integration of transportation and facilitate health and environmental practices to reduce harmful emissions in the capital.


The "Cairo Bike" project will be implemented in two phases, the first in mid-July, with 250 bikes distributed over 26 stations, the Governor said. Meanwhile, the second phase will be in mid-September, comprising 250 bicycles. A total of 500 bikes would be served by 45 solar-powered stations and secured with surveillance cameras, he added.





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