- The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will be opening its latest cycle track.
- The government of Dubai aims to promote a healthier lifestyle and ultimately become one of the most active cities in the world.
- Cycling is one of the healthiest ways to get active.
- The Dubai Bicycle Masterplan is one of RTA’s biggest initiatives.
- There are some UAE specific cycling rules to remember.
Cycling in Dubai is fast becoming a big deal, with its government working towards getting more and more Dubai residents on the pedals.
Several burgeoning projects and initiatives, including cycling and running tracks that will stretch across 32 km covering three residential districts, are putting the UAE on the map as one of the most active cities in the world.
New cycling track set to be “up and pedaling” in 2018
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is gearing up for the opening of cycle tracks in Mushrif, Mirdif and Al Khawaneej.
At a staggering cost amounting to AED 67 million ($18.2 m) according to the RTA, this project will also include the construction of two bridges for the combined use of cyclists and pedestrians over Al Khawaneej and Academic City Streets. The dedicated biking paths projects including this one aim to encourage commuters to leave their cars at home. Ready for a Dubai tour?
A growing network of cycling tracks
One of RTA’s biggest initiatives to date is the Dubai Bicycle Masterplan, a 500 km-long cycling track to be built around the city by 2021. But right now, with the latest project coming to life in no time, the city’s growing network of cycling tracks will be expanded to 250 km, which is the biggest in the region.
Over the last couple of years, the RTA had constructed biking lanes extending 218 km covering Seih Assalam/Bab Al Shams/Al Qudra Street, Dubai Water Canal, Jumeirah Street, King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street and Al Mankhool Street. The most famous destination for bicycle fans is the Nad El Sheba Park where you can bike on 4,6 or 8 km paths. Head on alone, with your loved ones or with your family and pedal among the endless trees. Bonus: air-conditioned changing rooms with showers and lockers!
Feel the wind in your hair! Cycling is one of the healthiest ways to get active
As more and more people become health conscious, cycling is growing in popularity because it is known to be easy on the joints, as opposed to many other ways of exercising. This may mean that aside from doing it as a sport, more and more people will be replacing their daily vehicle commute with cycling, and Dubai is gladly working toward catering for this specific trend. By strengthening muscles without traumatizing the joints, cycling leads to greater stability and minimizes future injuries.
But before you get started on the pedals, there are common cycling rules in the UAE
- Wear a helmet: Although not applicable to the rest of the UAE, the use of helmets is required by law in Dubai.
- Do not cycle on paths dedicated for pedestrians, you can get fined AED 200-300.
- According to the Department of Traffic at Dubai Police, riding bicycles is not permitted on most of the roads with speed limit 60 km/h, and could result in a fine up to AED 600.
- Just like car rules, front and rear lights should be fully functional to avoid being fined.
- Double seat riding is not allowed unless the bike is designed for two people. Offenders may be fined AED 200.
All of this goes to show that Dubai is fast becoming a sustainable city. So, get cycling to enjoy fitness in natural surroundings and urban landscapes. As long as you adhere to the cycling rules, you’re good to go!