Dubai to become the cycling capital of the world

By 2040, Dubai will become the cycling capital of the world: the emirate will have another 1,000km of bicycle lanes and will surpass the recognised cycling centres of Amsterdam and Copenhagen in terms of their length. Such ambitions are laid out in the Dubai Cycle City 2040 Masterplan presented by URB.

One of the notable projects contained in the plan is the 93km climate-controlled cycle track THE LOOP, which will enable residents to reach public areas in minutes.

The new track is planned to connect the following neighbourhoods: DIFC, Downtown, Business Bay, Al Quoz, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Barsha, Dubai Marina, JLT, Jebal Ali Village, Jebal Ali Industrial Area, Expo City, DIP, Remraam, Sustainable City, Haman Sports Complex, Dubailand, Academic City, DSO, Nad Al Sheba, Al Meydan, D3, Al Jaddaf and Dubai Frame.

Dubai’s population is expected to double by 2040 and new forms of mobility will be introduced. Dubai Police and taxis are already actively adopting electric vehicles.

Earlier, the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the start of construction of new cycle lanes. The total length of the bike lanes is expected to increase from 544 kilometres to 819 kilometres by 2026. The project is part of the RTA’s master plan to ensure road safety and enhance the emirate’s public infrastructure.

The RTA said the construction of the bike lanes in the Al Khawaneej and Mushrif areas is 90 per cent complete. The new 7-kilometre section has connected to the existing lanes in both areas, and has increased from 32 to 39 kilometres.

The first track starts from Quranic Park on Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Road to its intersection with Al Khawaneej Road. The second track starts from Mushrif Park to the intersection with Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Road and runs further to Al Khawaneej Road. Coastal areas such as Jumeirah, Al Sufouh and Marina will be connected to lanes in Al Qudra, Seih Al Salam and Nad Al Sheba.

Source: Arabian Business

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