Sharjah bans cycling in certain areas

SHARJAH - Sharjah Municipality has banned cycling in certain areas of the emirate of Sharjah, according to Mohammed Hussain, Head of the Municipality's Security Section.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Wed 2 Apr 2003, 11:52 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 9:54 PM

Mr Hussain said the municipality had taken the decision with a view to preserving beauty of public areas and utilities, ensuring safety of pedestrians and easing concerns of families going to public areas for peace of mind.

The areas where cycling is banned include the Khalid Lagoon corniche, public parks, the area stretching from Khalid Lagoon to Khalidiyah Bridge, in addition to Al Wahda Road from Al Khan Bridge (Sharjah Gate) to King Faisal Bridge.

Cycling has also been prohibited on sides of the public roads in front of shops or in public areas meant for pedestrians and shoppers.

"The security section is monitoring these areas on a daily basis to track down violators and penalise them by imposing fines, and confiscating their bicycles in case of a repetition of the violation.

He said that last year the security section fined more than 230 violators and confiscated around 150 bicycles.

Meanwhile, the municipality issued instructions to shops prohibiting them from selling or displaying cheap batteries and asking them to return the cells to the supplier as a precautionary measure.

The decision was taken after laboratory tests revealed that such batteries contained a high proportion of heavy metals and that their durability is 25 per cent less than that of quality batteries.

The substandard batteries, according to municipality sources, adversely affect environement.

These are particularly harmful in damp areas and pollute ground water. The municipality has also banned display of plastic products containing petrochemical derivatives and oil which affect the health of users and instructed shops to return such products to suppliers.

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