By Lily B. Libo-on www.khaleejtimes.com
For the first time, residents and tourists in Sharjah can now see and experience the emirate in a different way — by cycling around all tourist spots for just Dh80 for 24 hours.
Introduced city-wide, the “Bicycle Sharing” programme that is based on a similar bicycle sharing programme of London, Switzerland and Paris, has made Sharjah the first city in the Middle East and fourth worldwide to use this new approach for promoting tourism.
The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has initiated the “Bicycle Sharing Programme”, to give people an opportunity to experience the emirate in a different way.
Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of Shurooq, told Khaleej Times that Dubai has introduced this programme around Burj Khalifa only, but in Sharjah it is city-wide thing.
“In the present scenario, tourists can go around Sharjah by walking, cycling and taking the sightseeing buses and we will continue to set up bicycle rental stations until all touristic areas are completely covered,” Al Sarkal said.
A total of 16 bicycles are now ready for use in four official bicycle terminals located at Khalid Lake Station, Burj Park (Mamzar), Emaar Square Station at Jamal Abdul Naser Station and Hilton Al Buhairah Station. “We will be adding more bicycles as the programme gains popularity among more tourists and residents in touring around the city,” Al Sarkal said. More info