By Sam Bridge
PBSC Urban Solutions says to make first foray into the Middle East in a partnership with Careem and the Roads and Transport Authority
Canada-based PBSC Urban Solutions on Monday announced more details about a electric bike-share network that it will launch in Dubai in a partnership with Careem and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
PBSC said over the coming months, it will start deploying its E-FIT electric pedal-assist bikes and smart stations throughout Dubai.
The multi-year contract provides for 3,500 bikes and 350 stations and represents PBSC’s first foray into the Middle East, after successfully launching earlier this year in cities such as Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Santiago and Monaco.
“We are excited to bring our bike-share and technology solutions to Dubai. This is an important step for our company that builds on our recent momentum in Europe. Together with Careem, we’re on a mission to re-invent what transport means for the millions of people in the Middle East,” said Luc Sabbatini, CEO of PBSC, in a statement.
In recent years, the RTA has made a concerted effort to improve mobility infrastructure in Dubai through a network of cycling lanes, with plans to more than double these dedicated thoroughfares by 2030.
PBSC said the E-FIT is the "perfect vehicle" to help the city’s residents and visitors take advantage of these efforts and has an autonomy range of up to 70km and its central motor can propel riders up to 25km/hr.
Dubai’s network, dubbed Careem Bike, will feature PBSC’s smart station technology, which allows riders to recharge their e-bikes directly at the docking point.
PBSC currently has four bike models deployed around the world and continues to expand its global footprint with over 84,000 bikes, 6,800 stations and 350 million rides registered so far.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.