Emirates News Agency – Dubai’s state-of-the-art bike lanes encourage communities to adopt a physically active lifestyle


DUBAI, 23rd January, 2022 (WAM) — Dubai’s fast-developing infrastructure projects have always put the environment and human well-being at the heart of its objectives. The various infrastructure projects built in Dubai have seen the emirate become one of the most important cities in the world over the past few decades. The emirate’s focus on building world-class infrastructure has extended beyond building an advanced network of roads, five-star hotels and the biggest shopping malls. Equally important was the creation of a world-class sports infrastructure that enables people to embrace sports and a physically active lifestyle.

This is evidenced by the growth of Dubai’s cycleways in recent years, driven by its vision of becoming a bike-friendly city and providing opportunities for professional cyclists and fitness enthusiasts to enjoy the sport in a safe environment.

Dubai continues to promote cycling as an environmentally friendly mode of transport, as part of its efforts to become the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world. It also has comprehensive plans to expand the current 463 km of cycle lanes to 759 km by 2026, in line with the Dubai Urban Master Plan 2040 launched by the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. which aims to make Dubai the best city in the world to live in and to improve the quality of life for citizens, residents and visitors.

During the cooler months of the year, the city’s state-of-the-art bike paths attract people of all ages and skill levels who want to get moving while taking in the stunning views of the city. From dedicated outdoor bike lanes for competitive training to recreational bike lanes, Dubai’s thriving cycling community offers plenty of options.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Dubai Municipality have provided over 20 dedicated cycle lanes in areas such as Downtown Dubai, Dubai Water Canal, Al Sufouh, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach Road, 2nd December Street, Al Rigga, Jabel Ali, Al Quoz, Al Qudra, Saih Al Salam, Bab Al Shams, Al Barsha, Hor Al Anz, Al Qusais, Oud Metha, Al Mankhool, Al Karama, Al Khawaneej, Al Warqa, Expo 2020 Dubai site and Nad Al Sheba .

There are also over 760 bikes available for hire at 74 bike rental stations located in different parts of the city, such as Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach Road, JLT, Al Rawda, Barsha Heights, Dubai Water Canal, Dubai Media City, Downtown Dubai. and Al Qudra, as well as Al Karama and Al Mankhool.

Offering a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience, Dubai’s cycleways are part of a diverse set of attractions highlighted by the Dubai Media Council’s recently launched #DubaiDestinations initiative to showcase events and activities exceptional offered by the emirate.

Among the most popular tracks in Dubai and the longest of them is the Al Qudra track. Offering cyclists breathtaking views of the desert, the 135 km track stretches from the Al Barari area to Bab El Shams along Al Qudra Street and is generally one of the favorite paths for professional athletes. The track has two paths – a shorter 18 km path and a longer 50 km path. Visitors to the track can also easily rent a bike on site at Al Qudra.

Another unique place where people can go mountain biking is located in Hatta. The dedicated 52km mountain bike trail has four different levels for riders with different skills and abilities. The area is ideal for cyclists wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a ride in the scenic mountainous region. Cyclists can also rent bikes in the area and other essentials.

Converted from a camel track, the 13km Nad Al Sheba Cycle Route offers cyclists mesmerizing views of Downtown Dubai and the Burj Khalifa. Located near the Meydan racecourse, the course, which remains lit at night, offers 4 km, 6 km and 8 km loops and a special track for children.

The Dubai Autodrome, a world-class motorsport and entertainment facility, also offers a 2.46 km closed circuit which can be a perfect choice for beginners or those who practice the sport after a long time.

For those looking to use bicycles for their daily commute, to stay active or as an eco-friendly mode of travel, the RTA and Dubai Municipality have constructed dedicated tracks to ensure user safety in densely populated areas. . The most important of these tracks is the Al Khawaneej track, which is 19 km long and connects the Al Khawaneej community to the Mushrif park track. Another major track is the Jumeirah track which stretches for 16 km along the Jumeirah beach. Completed recently, the runway was built under the guidance of the Crown Prince of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It connects the existing Jumeirah Street Cycle Route parallel to the Dubai Water Canal with the existing cycle route along King Salman bin AbdulAziz Al Saud Street located in Dubai Internet City. Additionally, there is the 13 km Meydan Track which connects the area to Business Bay, the 7 km Dubai Water Canal Cycle Path and the 5 km Dubai Marina Road.

Dubai’s new cycle lanes are located in the heart of Expo 2020 Dubai. Over 10km of cycle paths have been developed at the mega event to facilitate on-site transportation, in addition to 50km of shared walking paths around Expo 2020 Dubai bus stops. A total of 230 bikes deployed across 23 stations can be reserved through the Careem Bike app, which was launched through a collaboration between Careem and RTA. RTA also developed over 160 shaded bike stops at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Visitors to public parks can also cycle amid lush green scenery. Dubai Municipality has developed special cycle paths stretching 1.5 km in Al Barsha Pond Park, 3 km in Al Warqa Park 3.4 km in Mushrif Park and 3.2 km in Koranic Park. All of these tracks provide a relaxed environment for families and children to practice cycling.

The civic body is also currently setting up 65km long cycle paths inside ten public parks to serve park-goers and encourage physical activity in the city in line with the emirate’s vision. to develop high-quality infrastructure projects that improve the quality of people. of life.

Dubai Municipality recently completed the first phase of a project to create a 50km mountain bike trail in Mushrif National Park. Set amidst the park’s lush forest of 70,000 trees, the mountain bike trail was designed and built to the highest international standards, safety specifications and technical guidelines, in harmony with the unique topography of the region. The first phase of the project, which has been completed, covers 20 km.

Dubai’s world-class cycling infrastructure and facilities have also seen a series of international sports championships held in the city. These events attract sports professionals and enthusiasts from around the world each year, helping to strengthen the emirate’s position as a global event destination.


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