Peddle power

After months of debates, Dubai is set to get cycling and walking tracks, to encourage us out of our cars

Dubai is set to get 580kms of new tracks for cyclists and pedestrians.

The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has already completed a 14.6km walkway and cycling track on Jumeirah Beach as part of its plans to encourage walking and cycling culture in the city.

"The walkways have been designed to link pedestrian crossings and metro stations with nearby buildings. Majority of the walkways within the congested parts of the city and commercial areas will be air-conditioned to enable people to use them even during extreme hot weather conditions," said Abdul Mohsen Ebrahim, Chief Executive Officer of the RTA's Strategic and Corporate Governance Sector.

He said the pedestrian walkways would be connected to one another to facilitate pedestrians walk from one area to the other with ease.The objective of the RTA is to reduce the dependency of the residents on vehicles for short-distance travels," said Ebrahim.

It will also help reduce traffic congestion in busy areas in addition to providing a healthy activity to residents. Currently, cycling is prohibited on main roads and cyclists are also fined for parking their cycles on pavements and locking them up with lamp posts because there are no parking spaces.

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