In the context of Energy Cayman, a twelve-month campaign to integrate energy efficiency into the Caymanian community, the Cayman Islands Department of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure has introduced an automated BikeShare system named Cycle Cayman and with locations in Camana Bay, Regatta Business Park and George Town Craft Market.
Under the new system, bicycles can be picked up from the docks of any of the five solar-powered stations and returned to any other station belonging to the circuit. Just create a paid account via the Cycle Cayman app. Government employees can sign up for the app using government email addresses.
The Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure has also provided five bicycles for use by civil servants as part of the 3-month free trial BikeShare program, which will run from November 1st to January 31st. Five bicycles will be available at the entrance to the government administration building for civil servants.
Minister of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure, Hon. Joseph Hew said: “After the success of 'Car Free Day' in 2019, which included the use of Cycle Cayman bicycles, we have decided to make the bicycles available for a longer period of time to encourage alternative transport, especially among civil servants ”.
The campaign Energy Cayman it was launched to meet the government's national energy policy goals, which also provides for coverage of 70% of energy from renewable sources by 2037.
“The National Energy Policy (NEP) encourages the use of non-fossil combustion vehicles as an alternative means of transport,” explained Minister Hew.
The NEP was also implemented to promote energy efficiency and conservation methods for residents and businesses in the Cayman Islands by encouraging sustainable lifestyles through responsible and innovative energy supply and consumption.
“One of the strategies of the NEP is to encourage cycling as an alternative means of transport by creating bike friendly services where useful and evaluating the public's inclination to use them,” added Minister Hew.
Energy Policy Coordinator Kristen Augustine said, “We congratulate Cycle Cayman for taking the innovative step of creating an automated BikeShare system in the Caymans and we look forward to partnering with them by providing bicycles at the government administration building. .
We believe the BikeShare system will provide convenient and easy access for those who can use a bicycle for a short trip within George Town for a meeting or to run an errand. We are working to create additional bike stations in the city and we also want to encourage other companies to consider providing free access to the Cycle Cayman BikeShare system for their staff, ”he said. The Ministry will launch the George Town Shuttle 'Park and Ride' project in the near future which will work in conjunction with the BikeShare system as people will be able to take a bus to George Town and have bicycles available for short trips during the day.