Dubai will soon have an additional 500km of cycle tracks
If you’re a fan of pedal power, we’ve got some good news for you. Soon it will be a lot easier to cycle to work in Dubai, with the announcement of 500 kilometres of bicycle lanes in the city by 2021.
The project, which was approved by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is hoped to encourage exercise and reduce the number of cars on the roads contributing to carbon emissions.
This is part of a number of approvals for projects by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). As well as bike lanes, there will be upgrades to five metro stations to help boost the number of metro users. The size of Burj Khalifa, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Internet City, Damac (Dubai Marina) and Emirates Exchange (Jebel Ali) stations will be increased so that they can deal with an increase in passenger traffic.
Many of the projects, including the construction of a crossing and pathways at Dubai Creek, and work on the Dubai-Al Ain Road, are part of citywide improvements for Dubai Expo 2020.
We can also expect to see a lot more pavements around the city, with a project to pave 320 kilometres of internal roads by 2024.
These are the latest in a long line of exciting projects around the city leading up to Expo 2020. Work is well underway for Dubai’s new metro line, Route 2020, which will extend the Dubai Metro Red Line from Nakheel Harbour & Tower Station to the Expo 2020 site.
The AED10.6billion project will also provide direct access to areas like the Discovery Gardens, Jumeriah Gold Estates and Dubai Investment Parks. The RTA also announced that they will add another 50 trains to their fleet – 15 specifically for the Expo and the remaining 35 to improve the overall service of the Dubai Metro.