RTA completes 104km cycling tracks in Dubai

Newly completed cycling tracks are part of the 850km Dubai Bicycle Master Plan

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Cycling enthusiasts in Dubai may now start using the recently completed cycling tracks in various communities such as Jumeirah, Mankhool, Bur Dubai, among others. COURTESY RTA
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Dubai: Cycling enthusiasts in Dubai may now start using the recently completed cycling tracks in various communities such as Jumeirah, Mankhool, and Bur Dubai, among others.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on Saturday announced the completion of the construction of a 104-km cycling tracks in various parts of Dubai as part of the Dubai Bicycle Master Plan. The plan is aimed at providing 850km of strategic bikeways in central business district areas and newly developed localities as suitable transit alternatives for cycling enthusiasts.

The completed cycling tracks comprise a 23km-long track along Jumeirah Street, 1.4km track along Street No 7 which links Jumeirah Street with Al Mankhool Street, and a 1.6km track at the Mall of the Emirates station. Also included in the project is the 67-km track spanning Seih Assalam Road and Al Qudra Road as well as the 11km track at the centre of Bur Dubai covering Al Fuhaidi, Al Falah, Al Ghubaiba and Al Hisn Roads.

Engineer Maitha Bin Udai, CEO of RTA Traffic and Roads Agency, said the cycling track project resulted from a comprehensive study based on several criteria including route, and materials used, among other things.

“Criteria also included the selection of areas that have a peculiar nature which have to be given priority in the construction process based on the tourist environment, popularity of the area, accessibility to the Metro stations and mass transit modes, and the fulfilment of safety and the aesthetic aspects, among others,” Maitha said.

Maitha said the RTA will work on suggested tracks in a number of areas for this year and the next covering Al Barsha, Al Khawaneej, Al Warqa, Al Quoz 3, Al Sufouh Street, Al Mamzar Park, Mushrif Park, and Hor Al Anz East.

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  • Gerry

    Aug 11, 2013 5:51

    I hope they start doing this in Abu Dhabi Also.

  • ZAID

    Aug 11, 2013 4:28

    Please, please, please do the same in Sharjah. Having cycle tracks is the best thing we could have.

  • Jeet

    Aug 11, 2013 4:04

    Its a great job done by introducing cycle tracks, but i doubt that whether anyone would be in a position to cycle from one place to another on a regular basis or for office, taking into account the harsh weather of the gulf, unlike how people prefer cycling in the much cooler cities of Europe..

  • Sachin Bhatia

    Aug 11, 2013 3:26

    That's great news! Even though I reside in Abu Dhabi, as a cycling enthusiast, it gives me great pleasure to know what a boost the sport has just recieved in the country. Hats off for Dubai!

  • Antoine Kamar

    Aug 11, 2013 3:20

    Great Initiative !! Thank you Dubai ! nothing better and healthier than exploring the city or going to work on a bicycle. There are 9 months/ year of great weather in UAE that would be well leveraged by setting up the cycling tracks.

  • Pavan Raj

    Aug 11, 2013 2:16

    Great News. This plan is beneficial to several in various ways.

  • Noel Malicdem

    Aug 11, 2013 1:58

    Great initiative by RTA. As more and more lanes are dedicated to bicycle lanes, this would encourage more residents into biking. Road safety is the major concern when it comes to biking around Dubai, so hopefully RTA would also give more attention to safety guidelines and wayfinding along the bikelanes to provide riders the necessary information on bike safety. Hopefully RTA would also fast track a bike bridge or track linking to Nad AL Sheba cycle track to Burj Khalifa District so that riders converging at Burj Khalifa has an alternative cycle track leading to NAS. As the winter season will be in a couple of months now, why not RTA organize an intercity bike ride to kickstart the winter riding season. With this, residents would have an alternative recreation aside from watersports and summer indoor sports, this would encourage more into biking and had the chance to tour around the city on a bike and gets familiar with the existing and new cycle track around Dubai. This is pattern through cities of Europe ,Asia and other parts of the world wherein, a bike festivities all year round are being organise to promote the benefits of cycling for good health. Again congratulations to RTA for your unending support to all bikers..."share the road".

  • Ron George

    Aug 11, 2013 1:36

    The grand vision of making Dubai a cycling friendly spot is taking place. A couple of observations : 1) The legend designation between dark green and light green is confusing. Please change the colors or present a bigger view of the same map to distinguish. 2) I would suggest the authorities in to release a map showing the quality of roads and associated hazards that these tracks are made on, especially if they are on-street paths for new riders to make good safety decisions. Let these be distributed among the public at RTA stations, bike shops and tourist spots. 3) Bring more tracks to the side east of the creek. Not everyone lives in Jumeirah Lake Tower or Motor City. I would argue that more than half the population still lives in old Dubai and I feel that to get around there by bike is mostly next to suicide. 4) There needs to be more awareness clinics to help cyclists and drivers alike appreciate driver-cyclist interactions. You can have all the infrastructure you want but if you drive recklessly or ride you're bike without control or awareness, the purpose of all these bike paths is defeated in a way. You'll just shift the number dying/injured from roads to bike paths and that'll be a shame... -R.G, Engineer

  • Sherif Abaza

    Aug 11, 2013 12:24

    Great and very ambitious plan. Really happy to see it coming true. One thing that struck me in the master plan is why there is not a single track in plan for Palm Jumeirah.

  • Zahid Bashir Janjua

    Aug 11, 2013 11:10

    Excellent initiative & great work. Bravo.....!!!!!