Cyclist Roy’s death raises awareness

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Cyclist Roy’s death raises awareness

An Emirati cyclist believes greater awareness of bike riders among car drivers on Dubai’s roads is gradually increasing over time in the wake of triathlete Roy Nasr’s tragic death earlier this month.

By Alex Leach

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Published: Thu 26 Sep 2013, 10:51 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:11 AM

Edward Hobart, British Consul General to Dubai and Abdul Ghaffar during the Press conference at Al Manzil Hotel in Dubai on Wednesday. — KT photo by Juidin Bernarrd

A drunken Filipino motorist killed Nasr in the early hours of Friday, September 6th as he and two other cyclists rode across the Safa Park interchange towards Meydan.

His sad passing sent shockwaves through the cycling and triathlon communities here and Abdul Ghaffar Al Khaja, from Ajman, readily admits the emirate is not “100 per cent” safe for bike enthusiasts.

However, with the government and the Roads & Transportation Authority (RTA) making concerted efforts to improve awareness and build more cycling paths and tracks, it’s hoped this situation will consequently improve in the future.

“It’s not 100 per cent safe in Dubai,” said amateur rider Al Khaja, who represents the Cycle Safe Dubai group.

“That’s why the government here have built dedicated cycling paths for training and so on.

“However, the RTA are increasing the awareness of the drivers through the newspapers and their rules and regulations and they’re aware of the safety of the cyclists.

“That’s why they’ve initiated a project to build 850 kilometres of dedicated cycle paths. Year by year, the awareness of road safety is increasing between the cyclists and the drivers, but I cannot say it is 100 per cent safe.”

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