Cycling around Dubai whole lot easier

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Cycling around Dubai whole lot easier

None of us are ignorant of the fact that cycling’s popularity here has a long way to go, but things are indeed changing for the better.

By Mohamad Kadry

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Published: Sat 16 May 2015, 9:15 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 7:32 PM

Amsterdam’s bike culture is a marvel to witness: when I first found myself standing in the centre of the city, I was overwhelmed by the sight of cyclists in every direction. Thousands upon thousands of people riding their bikes across roads and bridges, dominating the landscape and setting a greener example for us all. It was an eye-opening experience that highlighted the potential for places like the UAE to follow suit  - even if the progress is slow and small.

None of us are ignorant of the fact that cycling’s popularity here has a long way to go, but things are indeed changing for the better. While the country’s infrastructure and weather are not always conducive to outdoor activities, a lot of great projects are underway that are aiming to change the way we get around town.

The bike rental system ByKy, operated by NextBike, continues to grow in size and availability at various locations across Dubai. With stations around the city that allow users to rent and return bikes with little hassle, it’s proving to be an efficient, fun and cost-effective way to get your heart rate pumping while enjoying the sights. Common in many European cities, the system is still new in this part of the world but first-time users can look forward to a quick and easy rental process.

To rent a bike, customers need to first register their details on the company website - the rent and return of the bikes is possible by phone, online, via smartphone app or at one of their rental terminals located in neighborhoods including Dubai Marina, The Palm, Nad Al Sheba, Jumeirah Beach Road, Downtown Dubai, Diera as well as the Sharjah corniche. It’s affordable too, with costs ranging from Dhs15 for 30 minutes to Dhs80 for 24 hours, and users can return the rental at any location, even if it’s not where you originally picked it up.

Since I don’t own a bike, the system is ideal and has allowed me to explore the city’s urban landscape from a different medium. Along the new tramway that’s come up near my flat in the Marina, there’s even a nine-kilometre-long cycle track on Al Sufouh Road. Spending time cycling around the picturesque area has become a healthy weekend ritual and something that every one can get on board with.

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