850km of cycle tracks planned for Dubai

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By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: Cycle tracks stretching 850 kilometres across the length and breadth of Dubai will be built over the next few years as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) goes all out to encourage residents to use an eco-friendly and healthy means of transport.

Image Credit: Zarina Fernandes/Gulf News So far, the RTA has completed around 100 kilometres of cycle tracks.
Image Credit: Zarina Fernandes/Gulf News So far, the RTA has completed around 100 kilometres of cycle tracks.

Encouraged by increasing demand for more cycle tracks and the response received by recently opened facilities, the RTA has revised and expanded the Dubai Bicycle Master Plan to incorporate more central business district (CBD) areas and newly developed localities.

The plan also includes connecting as many tracks as possible with the nearest Dubai Metro stations.

“The revised Dubai Bicycle Master Plan will have 850 kilometres of strategic bikeways that will be completed over various phases. The initial few phases are already implemented in Jumeirah and Seih Assalam and we hope to finish the next phase by 2015,” said Nasser Abu Shehab, the RTA’s Director of Strategic Transport Planning, speaking exclusively to Gulf News. More info