There’s a new way of connecting people to locations and it’s started at Camana Bay.
Cycle Cayman saw a need for a more flexible public transportation method that is both eco-friendly and affordable to all those living and visiting Grand Cayman, and it figured bicycles were the way to go.
The company launched operations in the Camana Bay Town Centre on 18 May with 10 bicycles and 14 docking stations. Usage of the bikes is open to members of the public aged 16 years and older to ride at any time. It requires a quick app (Movatic) download and registration process, after which riders then choose their bicycle, which is unlocked via the app wirelessly.
The bike can then be returned to any Cycle Cayman docking station where, once docked, the debit or credit card used will be charged. Hourly fees start at US$7.99 and membership opportunities for residents will be released in the near future.
One customer, Ileana Ebanks, enjoyed her experience using Cycle Cayman.
“I tried Cycle Cayman for the first time and I loved it!” she said. “I normally wouldn’t think about bike riding in Cayman because it’s so hot out, but even on a sunny day, it was so much fun and [the bikes were] easy to find. The app setup was easy and the cost was minimal. I would definitely rent again and maybe go for a longer ride to the beach.”
Daniel Powery, the brains behind Cycle Cayman, explained the genesis of the company.
“Through travel to major cities around the world, we have observed successful implementation of similar rental solutions,” he said. “With the growing population and current technological capabilities on island, we decided that our economic climate was ready for this type of transportation option.”
Powery said the company’s goal was not only to create a potential worthwhile venture, but also to get people to locations they need in an affordable, sustainable and healthful manner.
“Our solar-powered bicycle system not only aids environmental and green initiatives, but also provides a great option to stay physically active,” he said.
Cycle Cayman bikes can be found outside Camana Bay’s newest building, One Nexus Way, and at the entrance to the Rise, the pedestrian-friendly crossing that connects Camana Bay to West Bay Road.
Cycle Cayman will soon expand its docking stations to more locations, including the Flagship Building in George Town, Powery said.
The new service is viewed as complementary to Camana Bay’s current bike usage programme, Camana Bikes, which is available only to tenants, said Dart Business Innovations Manager Paul Henry, who has provided support for the Cycle Cayman project.
“Cycle Cayman encompasses a bike service geared towards all visitors of Camana Bay,” he said. “Camana Bikes will continue to be made available as an amenity for tenants and residents of Camana Bay to promote environmentally friendly habits, but now with Cycle Cayman, anyone visiting Camana Bay can rent a bike for as long as they wish and then return it to any Cycle Cayman docking station on the island.”
Henry said the Cycle Cayman team has done a “fantastic job” in putting together the programme. “This is another example of innovation and entrepreneurship in the
For more information, visit cyclecayman.com.