Dubai will celebrate another Car Free Day on February 21.
The initiative has been in place for the last seven years and it has been reported that more than 1000 entities have signed up to ditch their vehicles that Sunday, three weeks from now.
Those in the emirate will be expected to use bicycles, the Metro or tram and even walk to work in an effort to do without their usual ride for the day.
Government departments and private companies alike are taking part in the event which aims to help Dubai reach status of a sustainable city.
To give people a nudge in the right direction, companies may arrange transport in the form of special buses to get people to the office.
With the weather considerably cooler at the moment, it could be the perfect time to come out of the shelter of your usual taxi to work or avoid taking your own wheels for a spin.
Starting in 2010, the initial year saw the city try to lower carbon emissions and pollution of the environment with 1500 joining in. However last year the turn-out was 300.
Earlier this month, the UAE experienced the second Cycle To Work Day, organized by newspaper, The National.
The campaign ended up trending on Twitter and helped out with New Year’s Resolutions for many who vowed to get moving more in 2016.
CYCLING CLUBS IN DUBAI
This outdoor retail specialist offers a wide range of cycling products and bikes including Merida and BMC. A bike repair shop is situated in store, along with mountain and road bike rentals. Adventure HQ also sponsors Team BMC UAE.
Open Sat-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.adventurehq.ae (04 346 6824).
This European-style bike hire service is a good option if you want to do some cycling but aren’t competitive about it. Just register online, head down to one of the various rental stations and get pedalling.
From Dhs15 for 30 minutes (which is deducted from your online account). Various locations including Downtown Dubai and Dubai Marina, www.bykystations.com.
Cycle Safe Dubai
Cyclists nervous of Dubai’s busy roads will be pleased to know that every Wednesday, Dubai Autodrome is cleared of cars and motorbikes to make way for cyclists, joggers and even the odd rollerblader. For details, check out the Cycle Safe Dubai website.
These enthusiasts are serious about cycling. Events include weekly rides and training rides as well as tours through the desert and trips through the mountains of the UAE. There’s also the occasional competitive race. Details can be found on the Roadsters’ website.
Weekly ride Fri 6am at Nad Al Sheba Cycle Park. Call to confirm time. www.dubairoadsters.com (04 339 4453).