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Egypt wheels out country's first bike-share program

Cairo launches its first bike-share scheme called "Bicicletta" in collaboration with UN-Habitat Egypt to encourage Egyptians to cycle in order to reduce air pollution and save money.

The Egyptian government has adopted a bicycle-sharing scheme in Cairo to encourage the residents of the city to use bikes as an affordable and environmentally friendly means of transportation.

The agreement was signed by Cairo Gov. Atef Abdel Hamid and Rania Hedeya, the program manager of UN-Habitat Egypt, in July. The project, titled “Bicicletta,” will channel 30 million Egyptian pounds ($1.7 million) for the next three years to the bike-share project in Cairo. It is funded by Drosos Foundation, a Zurich-based nonprofit organization.

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