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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 June 2018

Cycling tracks to open in Dubai next month

Two bridges will be built for cyclists and pedestrians, the RTA said

Cyclists on Al Qudra cycle track in Dubai. Pawan Singh / The National.
Cyclists on Al Qudra cycle track in Dubai. Pawan Singh / The National.

Cycling tracks stretching 32km in the Mushrif, Mirdif and Al Khawaneej areas in Dubai will be open for the public early next month, according to a transport official.

Mattar Al Tayer, director-general of the Roads and Transports Authority (RTA) said that the Dh67m-project includes the construction of two bridges for the combined use of cyclists and pedestrians over the Al Khawaneej and Academic City streets.

“We aim to provide residential districts with an infrastructure that encourages residents to practice sports as it has immense health benefits to people,” he said.

The project is part of a master plan by the RTA to provide dedicated cycling and running tracks as long as 234km from 2018 to 2021.

These tracks will pass through several areas including Al Warqaa, Jumeirah Beach, Nad Al Sheba, the Expo 2020 site, Downtown, Jebel Ali, Al Quoz, Al Karama, Oud Metha, Hor Al Anz, Al Qusais and Al Barsha.

Cycle tracks extending 218km were constructed over the past years covering the Seih Assalam, Bab Al Shams and Al Qudra Street as well as the Dubai Water Canal, Jumeirah Street, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street and Al Mankhool Street.

By 2021, the total length of cycle tracks in Dubai will reach around 500km.

“The selection of these areas was based on several criteria highlighted by the population density, appeal to cyclists and pedestrians, suitability of locations and the traffic safety level," Mr Al Tayer said. "Moreover, tracks are designed in such a way that ensures the safety and security of cyclists."