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Cairo Wants to Introduce the First Bike-Sharing System in Egypt

Living healthier, relieving the streets of cars and strengthening the bicycle culture: these are the declared goals of Cairo’s governor Atef Abdel Hamid.

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Egypt signed a protocol with the UN Human Settlements Program, the UN-Habitat. Medium-term goal: to introduce Egypt’s first bike-sharing system.

Cairo uses a state-based system for bike-sharing. For this purpose, the bicycle stations are to be placed at strategic points such as the main square, along the Cornice and at the university. “We focus on places where young people are usually present, such as universities, because they are our main target group,” says Abdel Hamid.

Cycling: Egypt’s new national sport

In the first phase, Cairo wants to build several bicycle paths and use 300 bicycles. The project is expected to cost 1.5 million dollars and is funded entirely by the Zurich Drosos Foundation. The “Bicicletta” initiative is designed to make young people more mobile: “Bicicletta introduces a bike-sharing model that removes the obstacles faced by young people with regard to their access to employment, education and other opportunities.”

The initiative is linked to an already existing bicycle culture in the country: in recent years, cycling in Egypt has become something like a national sport and trend, especially among young people. It is so popular that the country now has a visible bike community. For example, it is no longer a rarity to see women alone on wheels.

With the increasing popularity of cycling, many national bicycle organizations have also emerged. This is precisely the purpose of the implementation of the bike-sharing system in Cairo. The project duration is set by Drosos to three years.

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Price Discrimination? How Travel Portals Fool You Without You Noticing

Price discrimination is called the largely hidden practice, with which travel portals in the net partially show completely different prices to the users for the same offer

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How much is a flight to Tenerife? What do you pay for a rental car in Tuscany? That depends on the user! Price discrimination is a largely hidden practice where travel portals show completely different prices to different users for the same service – depending on things like their location, device, browser or even use of Wikipedia.

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Get Ready to Fly: The First Flying Train Is on the Way!

Imagine you sit comfortably in the train compartment and in a few minutes the whole thing turns into an airplane – and you take off.

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Imagine you are sitting comfortably in the compartment of a train, then within just a few moments the whole thing has turned into an airplane – and you take off. That sounds like a scene from a science fiction film. But according to a few French engineers, this could soon become reality.

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Expansion In The USA: Flixbus Challenges Greyhound

Flixbus goes USA. The German long-distance bus operator has officially announced today that Flixbus is planning to expand its US operations.

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Since Flixbus has already built a presence in 26 countries in Europe and transported over 30 million passengers last year, the long-distance bus company is now looking to try its luck across the pond. It is not yet clear when Flixbus plans to start its business and which routes will be offered. However, the first location and headquarters of Flixbus in the USA has already been established: Los Angeles.  “A small team is already on site and is responsible for setting up the American headquarters,”says Flixbus.

Greyhound is the biggest competitor

In the USA, Flixbus will have to compete with Greyhound, the bus company with the widest route network and the largest share of the bus market in the United States. Greyhound employs around 7,000 people and transports 18 million passengers per year. Greyhound is not the only competition, however. Megabus has also built up a considerable route network throughout the country.

But Flixbus founder André Schwämmlein believes that the American market is ready for a new player. “The American mobility market is undergoing significant change – public transport and sustainable travel are becoming increasingly important,” says Schwämmlein.

Flixbus wants to operate in the USA according to the same business model as in Europe. Flixbus does not operate its own buses, but works with medium-sized bus companies on site. “The same principle is to be followed in the United States of America, too.”

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