The bus, marked with a bicycle symbol, operates from 6:00 a.m. to midnight
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Commuters can now travel with their bikes on public buses in Abu Dhabi. As a trial, the local transport authority has launched a new bus service with a dedicated space to accommodate bicycles.
Bus No. 73 connects Al Reem Island and Hudayriat Island, the Integrated Transport Center (ITC) of the Department of Municipalities and Transport Abu Dhabi said.
The new initiative aims to promote a culture of sustainable transport by integrating private means of mobility into the public bus transport network.
“The service offers passengers a solution for the last mile of their journeys to various destinations to and from city centers and major tourist and entertainment points. ITC seeks to support and expand joint efforts to integrate physical activity and sustainable mobility into daily routines to improve quality of life and serve and entertain the Abu Dhabi community,” said the ITC.
He hopes for a positive response from residents and visitors, especially since this is the first time that a service road has been operated towards the recreational tourism and sports destination of the island of Al Hudayriat, and supports the mobility of bicycles.
The racks have been designed and manufactured according to international standards, with features that ensure the stability of the bikes without hindering the internal movement of the commuters.
The design took into account the service of purposeful people, as there are access ramps that facilitate the entry and exit of users to and from the bus.
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In the trial phase, six buses were deployed on the route starting from Al Reem Island and passing through the Central Bus Station, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, Zayed Educational Complex, Marsana Beach , the Bab Al Nojoum camp and 321 Sports.
The bus is characterized by a bicycle symbol next to the service number 73. It operates from 6 a.m. to midnight with frequencies of 30 minutes during peak periods and 60 minutes during off-peak periods.
The ITC added that the service is part of the plan to expand the public transport network, which aims to integrate transport and encourage the use of bicycles and services associated with cycle paths. The service also celebrates Abu Dhabi’s UCI Bike City status.