Follow the rules. Bicycle riders must wear neon jackets and helmets or risk fines Image Credit: Zarina Fernandes/XPRESS

DUBAI The Dubai Road Transport Authority (RTA) has clarified that bicycles can be used in community roads only if the roads lack dedicated tracks and their speed limit is less than 60km/h.

New rules

Talking to XPRESS in the wake of the new rule governing the use of bicycles (Executive Council’s Resolution No (10) of 2015), Maitha Bin Adai, CEO, TRA, said: “The new cycle rules were issued primarily to regulate the use of cycle tracks; for detailed obligations and rules, Traffic Law No. 21 for 1995 applies. Cycles can be ridden on community area roads as long as the speed of the road does not exceed 60km/h and if there are no dedicated cycle tracks. Cycles have to be driven in a safe manner and all the standard safety procedures.”

As for children riding cycles, she said: “It is common sense that children should be supervised and attended to by adults at all times when riding cycles.”

She said a cyclist would be violating the rule if he is not riding on the cycle track on roads with dedicated cycle tracks. The fines range from Dh200 to Dh500. The police are responsible for handing out fines.”

Meanwhile, Reda Hegazy, senior legal advisor and arbitrator at Al Suwaidi & Company, said: “Dubai roads have yet to establish a proper demarcation of lanes for both pedestrians and bikers. For now, areas like Bur Dubai and Deira do not have dedicated bicycle tracks and paths to safeguard bikers and pedestrians. In such situations, bikers, specifically, delivery boys, in the said areas may utilise the sides of the road provided the road’s speed limit does not exceed the 60km/h, as long as they do not endanger other bikers or pedestrians, and they apply caution and safety measures.”