Abu Dhabi: The opening of Al Wathba Cycle Track last year was a big boost to cycling enthusiasts in Abu Dhabi. The 16-km track on the outskirts of the city is a favourite meeting point for riders.

Yas Island and Al Raha Beach areas attract a large number of bike riders as it offers cycling infrastructure with modern cycle paths, signage, maps and cycle-stands. Abu Dhabi Corniche too has emerged as a spot of interest for cycling enthusiasts.

Abu Dhabi has announced its ambition to transform itself into a cycling- and walking- friendly emirate by 2020, according to a master plan revealed by the Department of Transport (DoT).

The plan aims to double the number of walking and cycling tracks by 2020, and develop secure infrastructure to integrate cycling and walking with other means of public transport. The Walking and Cycling Master Plan (WCMP) includes developing walking and cycling routes and facilities, especially in the commercial and central areas of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and western region, and will assist in reducing the use of private vehicles. Neighbourhoods will be provided with a network of walking and cycling links including crossings between neighbourhoods.

The project is progressing in certain areas like Baynoona Street and Corniche. The project will be implemented on the outskirts of the city such as Khalifa City and Shahama.