Dh300 fine if cyclists ride outside dedicated lanes

Dh300 fine if cyclists ride outside dedicated lanes

Shaikh Hamdan issues resolution aiming to regulate the usage of dedicated bicycle tracks and paths, seven new fines introduced.

By Staff Reporter

Published: Tue 28 Apr 2015, 12:45 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 11:41 PM

Cyclists have to use dedicated tracks on roads with speed limits exceeding 60kmph— KT file photo

Dubai - Bicyclists will now be fined Dh300 if they ride the cycle outside dedicated bicycle lanes. A new resolution and a total of seven fines are in place to regulate the usage of dedicated bicycles paths.

Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, issued the Executive Council’s Resolution No (10) of 2015 regulating the use of bicycles in the emirate of Dubai on Sunday. The resolution aims to regulate the usage of bicycles’ dedicated tracks and paths encouraging the public to use bicycles as a mode of transportation and also for recreational and athletic purposes.

Violations and fines

> Dhs 300 Riding bicycle outside the dedicated tracks

> Dhs 500 Riding bicycle in roads with speed limits exceeding 60 Km per hour

> Dhs 300 Riding bicycle in a way that jeopardize biker or others

> Dhs 200 Riding bicycle in tracks dedicated for pedestrians

> Dhs 300 Driving or parking vehicles in tracks dedicated for bicycles

> Dhs 200 Carrying another passenger in bicycle without proper equipments

> Dhs 200 Violating any of RTA’s conditions and regulations

The Road and Transport Authority (RTA) will be in charge of approving the requirements and standards for establishing, maintaining and operating and using bicycles’ tracks. The authority will also handle matters pertaining to security and safety measures, signage boards and establishing the terms, regulations and technical specifications for bicycles in the emirate of Dubai.

Bikers are obliged to use dedicated tracks on roads with speed limits exceeding 60kmph, not use tracks dedicated for pedestrians, abide by applied safety and security measures. Cyclists cannot carry another passenger unless the bicycle and second passenger are equipped with the required equipments.

The value of the fine will be doubled if the violator commits the same violation within one year. Competent authorities can impound any violating bicycle for up to 30 days, and the rules applied on impounded vehicles in the emirate of Dubai will remain valid.

So far, the RTA has constructed more than 150km long cycling paths across the Emirate, including a 25km cycling path at Jumeirah Road, and an 11km cycling path at the centre of Bur Dubai, in addition to a 115km cycling path at Seih Assalam and Al Qudra Road comprising 10 rest points, facilities for hiring bikes and accessories, and a fully-fledged medical clinic.

Recently, the RTA has also announced the start of construction works in the Dubai Cycling Track project stretching 21.2km, costing about Dh32 million. The project is intended to connect with the existing cycle path at Seih Assalam running beside Al Qudra Road in the direction of Emirates Road, and further to the Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road up to Nad Al Sheba. -dhanusha@khaleejtimes.com

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