Dubai’s new 32 km cycle track to open in November
Dubai Roads and Transport Authority has announced that its new 32 km of bicycle tracks in Mirdiff, Mushrif and Al Khawaneej is now 90 percent complete.
This means that all those looking to ride their bikes or jog to areas like Uptown Mirdiff or Arabian Mall will be able to do so on a designated cycle and pedestrian road by November of this year.
Speaking on the project, His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA said: “Our aim is to provide an infrastructure at residential districts that encourages residents to practice sport, in view of its immense health benefits to people.”
He added: “The project is also part of a master plan developed by RTA for providing dedicated cycling and running tracks covering the entire emirate that can also be used as environment-friendly mobility means for cycling enthusiasts. Advanced countries and communities pay much attention to raising the proportion of trips made by walking and cycling.”
The project, which features two bridges, will also connect pedestrians and cyclists in Al Khawaneej to Academic City.
“The selection of these areas was based on several criteria, highlighted by population density, appeal to cyclists and pedestrians, suitability of locations and the traffic safety level. Moreover, lanes have been designed in such a way that ensures the safety and security of cyclists,” Al Tayer explained.
The new 32 cycle track forms part of the city’s plan of introducing 500km of cycle lanes to Dubai by 2021.
The AED67 million project was approved by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai earlier this year. It aims to encourage exercise and reduce the rates of carbon emitted by vehicles.