Careem has entered the micro-mobility space with the acquisition of UAE-based company Cyacle which will re-brand as Careem Bike.
Launched in December 2014, Cyacle is the leading bikeshare service in UAE – a fully-automated docked bikeshare service currently operating in Abu Dhabi. The stations run 24-hours a day via an app, a touchscreen kiosk and docking system that releases bikes using a ride code or a member key.
Following the acquisition, the new Careem Bike app will be available for iOS and Android, initially as a standalone Careem app. Users can access the bikes via app or physically at one of the smart docking stations with credit and debit cards, and the service will offer bikes through a range of daily to yearly memberships.
This acquisition and launch of Careem Bike is part of Careem’s overall platform strategy to offer complete mobility solutions, affordable transportation and first- and last-mile mobility. Careem plans to bring micro-mobility to more cities throughout the region over the next 12 months.
Careem Bikes will enhance the transport options and improve mobility both within the communities in which they are stationed, as well as providing first-and-last-mile transportation to and from other forms of transport.
Many journeys are relatively short in distance, including those to and from transportation hubs such as bus stations, so increasing bicycle availability and expanding routes will transform how people commute, as well as offering micro-mobility solutions for short-distance trips.
Bikeshare is a natural extension of Careem’s vision to improve mobility, sustainability, and affordability in the region and enhances transport options and improves mobility both within the communities in which they are stationed.
Regional governments have been investing heavily in cycling infrastructure and the promotion of cycling as a healthy, sustainable and affordable mode of transportation. Careem will continue to work closely with local governments and communities across the region to invest in bikeshare service in support of their micro-mobility goals.