Cyclists ride out for Abu Dhabi bike-sharing scheme
ABU DHABI // About 40 cyclists saddled up for a ride to Masdar City on Thursday as the Cyacle bike-sharing scheme expands across the city.
The cyclists rode 4.85 kilometres from the Irena (International Renewable Energy Agency) Headquarters to Masdar Park where a new bike station and hire terminal was officially opened. Another station is due to open at Marasy on February 17.
Hani Akasha, managing partner of Cyacle, said: “We want to promote cycling as a lifestyle and means of transport. The idea is to familiarise people with cycling and its health benefits so that they can use it in their daily life.
“Currently we have 11 stations but we are going to expand it to 50 across the city,” Mr Akasha said.
Cyacle, which is funded by the Khalifa Fund, currently has stations on Yas Island and Al Raha on the outskirts of the city.
It will roll out more locations including Abu Dhabi Corniche, Saadiyat and Reem islands, New York University Abu Dhabi’s campus and Masdar City. The number of bikes available will be expanded this month from 75 to more than 300.
Sasho Tashevski, Macedonia’s ambassador to the UAE, was one of the cyclists who took part in the ride.
“First of all it’s pollution free and healthy exercise. I cycle everyday to nearby groceries to pick up foodstuffs. Me and my children regularly use cycles for recreation.
“I have three cycles at home for me and my kids, aged 6 and 13. They cycle everyday mostly in parks and on cycle paths around the city.”
Another cyclist Steve Severance, from the United States, was impressed with the initiative.
“I am a regular cyclist and go on longer rides. This is fantastic because it brings families to Masdar.”
Hiring a bikes costs Dh20 a day and Dh50 for three days. These hire stations are open 24 hours. For more information visit bikeshare.ae