Cycling fans will soon be able to get around town a lot more easily.
During a recent visit to the RTA headquarters, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, gave the go-ahead for the development of an extra 500km of bicycle tracks and routes through the city.
As the cooler climes of winter begin to close in, more of us are getting ready to spend as much time as possible in the great outdoors, and the latest development of Dubai’s cycling infrastructure is welcome news.
To put the announcement into context, Sheikh Zayed Road, from its starting point in Abu Dhabi through to Ras Al Khaimah, is 558km long, so this is a really substantial project. Full specifics of which routes are going to becoming more cycle-friendly are yet to be unveiled, but the intention is to massively increase the amount of safer cycling options for cyclists in the city. Work is set to complete on the 500km tracks by 2021.
The video below shows some of the highlights of HH Sheikh Mohammed’s visit to the RTA, where he also approved other initiatives including a project to increase capacity on at least five Metro stations, including Burj Khalifa, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Internet City, Damac in Dubai Marina and Emirates Exchange in Jebel Ali.
— RTA (@RTA_Dubai) August 29, 2017