Bicycles banned from major roads
DUBAI // Cyclists have been banned from riding on major roads under tough new laws to be introduced soon in Dubai.
Those riding on roads with speed limits of more than 60kph face fines of up to Dh600 under the laws, which were announced on Sunday.
That fine can be doubled for a second offence in a year, and authorities will be able to impound bikes for a month if there are any further repeats.
The Executive Council’s decree also allows for a Dh300 fine for those that ride in a way that endangers pedestrians or other cyclists.
Anyone found cycling on a track dedicated for pedestrians can be fined Dh200.
Those carrying a passenger on a bike that is not designed for the job could be fined Dh200, and a similar penalty applies to any cyclist caught breaking any other road rules.
But cyclists are not the only ones under the gun.
Motorists who drive or park their vehicles on dedicated bike tracks can be fined Dh300.
The laws are aimed at regulating the use of bike tracks and lanes to make them safer, and promoting cycling as part of a healthier lifestyle, the state news agency Wam reported.
It comes after The National’s #CycleToWorkUAE initiative this year, which was aimed at encouraging the community to leave the car at home for the daily commute.
Updated: April 26, 2015 04:00 AM