Bicycle tracks planned in key areas of Dubai

DUBAI — The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has carried out a study on the use bicycles as a means of transport and a fun sport in the emirate.

By Joy Sengupta (Our staff reporter)

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Published: Sun 23 Dec 2007, 8:44 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:20 AM

RTA officials said that a bicycle network master plan was being developed and would be implemented in phases from next year. The idea was to encourage people to use bicycles.

Construction of exclusive bicycle tracks would be started soon in the vital areas in Dubai, they said.

“In the initial stage a network of tracks will be constructed at selected areas like Jumeirah, the two banks of the Creek, Al Khaleej Beach (Deira Corniche) and University City. Special attention will be given to the security and safety of cyclists and pedestrians in the designing of bicycle tracks,” said an RTA official at the Public Transport Department.

“Cycling is among the healthiest forms of exercise. Moreover, it can also serve as an effective and cheap means of transport,” the official added.

About the much anticipated Dubai Bypass Road, RTA officials said that was another vital project being carried out by the RTA.

The project aims at providing a highway linking the emirate of Dubai with the emirate of Abu Dhabi and the Northern Emirates, without having to pass through the downtown areas.

The first phase of the Dh1 billion project extends from Al Rawiya Interchange on Dubai-Al Ain intersection to Jebel Ali-Al Hibab Road, including construction of a dual-carriage highway consisting of six lanes in each direction.

The second stage begins from the entry point of Sharjah and continues up to Al Rawiya Interchange on Dubai-Al Ain Road. It involves widening the existing road from two to six lanes in each direction.

“Phase three starts from Jebel Ali up to the entry point of Abu Dhabi emirate. The project comprises construction of a dual carriage way of six lanes in each direction so as to accommodate the expected traffic volume at this road. It also includes construction of three camel crossing points that can be used as turning points as well.”

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