Dubai: E-scooters help frequent public transport users save up to Dh500 per month.
24 October 2022, 12:00 AM
30 November 2022, 12:00 AM
E-scooters are the go-to choice for many frequent public transport users in Dubai, when it comes to mobility between metro stations and office/home. They are using the e-bikes for their first- and last-mile journeys instead of buses — which are time-consuming — and taxis — which are expensive.
E-scooters have been very handy for commuters to travel within a 5-10km radius from metro stations. With dedicated tracks in place, it helps them travel easily even during peak traffic hours. E-scooters have now become an integral part of first- and last-mile journeys for commuters who use public transport.
For hundreds of frequent public transport users, news about the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) expanding e-scooter use to 21 districts by 2023 comes as a relief. Currently, e-scooters are allowed in 10 districts. The RTA announced that they would be permitted in 11 new areas from next year. The new areas are: Al Twar 1, Al Twar 2, Umm Suqeim 3, Al Garhoud, Muhaisnah 3, Umm Hurair 1, Al Safa 2, Al Barsha South 2, Al Barsha 3, Al Quoz 4, and Nad Al Sheba 1.
Muhammed Salim, a sales executive residing in Al Barsha, said his e-scooter has been a “lifesaver”. He is delighted that the RTA has taken the initiative to include new areas for the e-scooters.
“RTA has been very considerate by providing separate lanes in most residential areas, which makes our ride much more convenient. Waiting for buses at a stop near my home normally takes around 20-25 minutes. With my e-scooter, I not only save money, but also time. Overall, for an investment of around Dh1,000 on the e-scooter, I am getting a good deal,” Salim added.