Dubai: Construction of the Dubai Cycling Track is 50 per cent complete, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced.
The project extends 23km to link the cycling track at Seih Assalam beside Al Qudra Road heading towards Emirates Road, and stretching further to Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road and up to Nad Al Sheba area. The project is set for completion by the end of August.
Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, said: “The construction of dedicated cycling tracks in the emirate of Dubai is carried out in response of the directives of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to provide suitable and attractive options for residents and tourists of Dubai emirate, encouraging them to practise the sport of biking. It is also part of a master plan set by the RTA for the provision of dedicated cycling lanes spanning the entire emirate. These lanes are intended to be used by an environment-friendly mobility means covering all parts of the emirate. These projects are viewed as further illustration of RTA’s vision of providing safe and smooth transport for all as well as its strategic goal of making people happier.”
Al Tayer said the project includes the construction of a cycling path linking the existing cycling track at Seih Assalam beside Al Qudra Road at the Gate of Dubai Cycling Track, and running in the direction of Emirates Road and extending to Latifa Bint Hamdan Road, Mohammad Bin Zayed Road, Al Barari and up to Nad Al Sheba.
“As part of its plan to provide suitable options for practising cycling hobby, the RTA had constructed biking tracks extending more than 178km,” Al Tayer said. “This includes 115km at Seih Assalam and Al Qudra Road, 17km at Jumeirah Road, 1.4km at Street 7 linking Jumeirah Road with Al Mankhoul Road, 11km at the central area of Bur Dubai, 1.6km at the Mall of the Emirates Metro station, 1.9km at Al Riqqa Metro station, 3.5km at Al Quoz Residential Area 3, and 4km at Nad Al Sheba, in addition to the current project of linking the cycling track at Seih Assalam with Nad Al Sheba stretching 23km. The RTA had also completed a project of providing bike racks at the Metro stations of both the Red and Green lines.
“The cycling path at Seih Assalam includes the Gate of the Dubai Cycling Track, several public utilities, outlets for renting bikes and accessories, a fully equipped medical clinic, and 10 rest points all along the biking lane fitted with seats and racks,” Al Tayer said.
“In the last quarter of this year, the RTA will embark on the construction of a cycling path at the Marina to serve Dubai Tram users, and is also mulling the construction of cycling tracks in a number of residential areas. The construction of cycling tracks is intended to complement the construction of internal roads and pavements in residential areas, and link them with attraction points such as public parks and malls,” Al Tayer said.