Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of Dubai has approved the building of new bicycle lanes in Dubai. 500km worth of bicycle lanes will be added as part of an initiative to reduce air pollution. This initiative also includes a number of new walking paths, more metro stations being built and the addition of specific bus lanes.
In recent years Dubai has struggled with high levels of air pollution, but it is now taking steps to tackle the problem. The new lanes will cross Dubai and are thought to reduce pollution levels a significant amount; with more people cycling it is hoped there will be less cars on the road. Construction on the 500km worth of bicycle lanes will begin next year, with completion expected by 2021.
Dubai’s Bicycle Lanes To Cut Pollution
As well as lanes being used to cut pollution, Dubai is also taking other measures. It has announced plans to build a large park with multiple pedestrian pathways, twelve miles of running tracks, nine miles of bicycle lanes and four miles of nature trails. With these steps it is hoped that more and more residents in Dubai will ditch cars in favour of spending time outdoors. Plus, with more trees being planted in parks the quality of air will be improved upon and the area’s natural environment will be enhanced.
A number of Dubai’s projects, much like the addition of the bicycle lanes, are linked to Expo 2020. Expo 2020 is a large international exhibition that encourages ideas related to improving air pollution, transportation and exercise.