A number of new cycle tracks in Dubai are opening next month, giving residents and visitors even more space to ride their bicycles. Opening early in February, the three new cycling tracks will cover over 30 kilometres. The cycle tracks will run through Mushrif, Mirdif and Al Khawanee.
Brand New Cycle Tracks Opening in Dubai Next Month
Constructing the three new cycle tracks has been part of a large project, costing Dh67 million. It involved building two new bridges over Al Khawaneej and Academic City Streets for cyclists and pedestrians to use. The addition of the paths is part of a wider plan put in place by the RTA, which is aimed at providing cycling and running tracks throughout all of Dubai.
As well as these three cycle tracks, there are plans to add even more. These other tracks will extend over 230 kilometres and will be built between now and 2021. Areas covered will include Al Warqaa, Jumeirah Beach, Nad Al Sheba, Expo 2020, Downtown, Jebel Ali, Al Quoz, Karama, Oud Metha, Hor Al Anz, Al Qusais and Al Barsha. The RTA hopes there will be 500 kilometres of cycle tracks in Dubai by 2021.
Mattar Al Tayer, the Drector General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA explained that adding cycling and running tracks throughout Dubai is in line with the wants of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Al Tayer stated that its part of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, wanting to provide residents with suitable options for exercise. It is hoped that by providing areas where residents can cycle, it will encourage more people to do so.