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As the RTA contemplates on giving us the 250kph Superbus and Qatar test runs a public bike sharing system, Kipp looks at the most vehicles that have become an integral part of our urban jungle.

April 12, 2011 4:55 by

Bicycles

Don’t say it. We know what you’re thinking. It’s too hot to have an ongoing bicycle sharing system in the Middle East.

But guess what? Qatar became the first country in the Middle East to offer residents cycle rentals, after the service, Q Bike, was officially inaugurated by senior officials led by HE Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad al-Thani. Of course it’s only temporary before the summer, but definitely worth a mention.

Community bicycle programmes have been in operation in places like Amsterdam and Japan, as well as in France, with their system called the Velib, which has been widely successful that it has brought with it some old urban problems like vandalism and theft. In any case, it’s been estimated that as of 2010, there were more than 200 such schemes operating worldwide.

 

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1 Comment

  1. MK on April 13, 2011 11:33 am

    It’s been almost three years since I’ve sold my car…I’ve been relying mostly on car pool and public transport (mainly taxi&metro) and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made.
    For those people who’re skeptical about the public transport in the UAE, particulary in Dubai, I suggest they give it a try for a week, before raising their eyebrows!
    We all know that we could do with fewer cars on the roads.

     

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