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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Making Dubai cycling-friendly

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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 isthe best thing we could have.

  • Jeet

    Aug 11, 2013 4:04

    Its a great job done by introducing cycle tracks, but i doubt thatwhether anyone would be in a position to cycle from one place to anotheron a regular basis or for office, taking into account the harsh weatherof the gulf, unlike how people prefer cycling in the much cooler citiesof Europe..

  • Sachin Bhatia

    Aug 11, 2013 3:26

    That's great news! Even though I reside in Abu Dhabi, as a cyclingenthusiast, it gives me great pleasure to know what a boost the sporthas 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 thanexploring 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 upthe 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 bicyclelanes, this would encourage more residents into biking. Road safety isthe major concern when it comes to biking around Dubai, so hopefully RTAwould also give more attention to safety guidelines and wayfinding alongthe bikelanes to provide riders the necessary information on bikesafety. Hopefully RTA would also fast track a bike bridge or tracklinking to Nad AL Sheba cycle track to Burj Khalifa District so thatriders converging at Burj Khalifa has an alternative cycle track leadingto NAS. As the winter season will be in a couple of months now, why notRTA organize an intercity bike ride to kickstart the winter ridingseason. With this, residents would have an alternative recreation asidefrom watersports and summer indoor sports, this would encourage moreinto biking and had the chance to tour around the city on a bike andgets familiar with the existing and new cycle track around Dubai. Thisis pattern through cities of Europe ,Asia and other parts of the worldwherein, a bike festivities all year round are being organise to promotethe benefits of cycling for good health. Again congratulations to RTAfor 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 takingplace. A couple of observations : 1) The legend designation betweendark green and light green is confusing. Please change the colors orpresent a bigger view of the same map to distinguish. 2) I wouldsuggest the authorities in to release a map showing the quality of roadsand associated hazards that these tracks are made on, especially if theyare on-street paths for new riders to make good safety decisions. Letthese be distributed among the public at RTA stations, bike shops andtourist spots. 3) Bring more tracks to the side east of the creek. Noteveryone lives in Jumeirah Lake Tower or Motor City. I would argue thatmore than half the population still lives in old Dubai and I feel thatto get around there by bike is mostly next to suicide. 4) There needsto be more awareness clinics to help cyclists and drivers alikeappreciate driver-cyclist interactions. You can have all theinfrastructure you want but if you drive recklessly or ride you're bikewithout control or awareness, the purpose of all these bike paths isdefeated in a way. You'll just shift the number dying/injured from roadsto 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. Onething that struck me in the master plan is why there is not a singletrack in plan for Palm Jumeirah.

  • Zahid Bashir Janjua

    Aug 11, 2013 11:10

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

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Making Dubai cycling-friendly

Making Dubai cycling-friendly

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I hope they start doing this in Abu Dhabi Also.

Gerry

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