Cairo governorate started to set up five stops for “Cairo Bike” project at Tahrir, Mohamed Farid and Abdel Moneim Riyad squares and El-Falaki and Abdel-Khaleq Tharwat streets in Downtown Cairo.
In statements on Tuesday, Cairo Governor Khalid Abdel Aal said that the project, which aimed at reducing harmful gas emissions, was launched in preparation for the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the UNFCCC, set for the Red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh in November.
The governorate seeks to support the integration of transportation and facilitate health and environmental practices to limit harmful greenhouse gas emissions in the capital Cairo, the governor said.
It also seeks to reduce the increasing dependence on cars within the framework of the diversity of healthy and eco friendly transportation, which will contribute to reducing traffic congestion in the Downtown area, the governor added.
The Cairo Bike project is implemented by Cairo Governorate in co-partnership with the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-HABITAT), Swiss non-profit Drosos Foundation, which has been active in Egypt since 2005, the US Institute for Transport and Development Policy (ITDP).
The bikes are fitted with a GPS tracker. The applied system enables anyone to ride a bike from one stop to another through a smart application available on cell phones with a prepaid card system to calculate the time and distance traveled by the bike.