RTA launches solar-powered SOS telephones along Seih Al Salam Cycling Track Image Credit: RTA

Dubai: Cyclists can now use solar-powered telephones installed at the Seih Al Salam cycling track in case of emergencies, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on Sunday.

RTA in association with Dubai Police and Etisalat has installed 30 phones along the 78 kilometre track located in Al Qudra.

The phones are located along the track spaced out at every few kilometres and can be identified by its bright orange colour during day time and a glow of light makes it visible at night.

“RTA’s specialised team has installed 30 solar-powered SOS telephones along the cycling track at Seih Al Salam in cooperation with Dubai Police, and Etisalat,” said Nabeel Yousef Al Ali, Director of RTA’s Administrative Services.

He said the device will provide enhanced safety and security to cyclist during an emergency as it is capable of working in all weather conditions.

“This service aims to enhance safety and security in the Emirate, and offers assistance to cyclists especially during emergency cases. The service is also intended to enhance RTA’s strategic goal of ‘Asset’ Sustainability’ by using renewable energy sources such as solar-powered telephones and operate them in a sustainable manner with minimal power consumption. These devices operate efficiently in different weather conditions at temperatures ranging from 0 to 70 degrees Celsius,” he added.