40m Dhs Construction Of 52 Km Cycling Tracks In Dubai, Approved

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An approved project to build the new 52-km long cycling tracks covering the 11 districts in Dubai have been announced by Road and Transport Authority yesterday.40m Dhs Construction Of 52 Km Cycling Tracks In Dubai, Approved
RTA’s endorsed “Cycling Tracks Plan 2013-2016” will cover the districts of Al Barsha, Al Khawaneej, Al Warqa, Al Quoz, Al Safouh Road, Al Mamzar Park, Mushrif Park, Hor Al Anz East, and Mirdif.
Selected areas were based on the numbers of tourists, appropriateness of the site and obstacles, traffic safety and the visual nature of the place that attracts cyclists, pedestrians and residents. The design of the track is customized to assured the security and safety of the bikers and pedestrians.
On a press release, RTA’s Chairman of the Board and Executive Director His Excellency Mattar AL Tayer said that the project is part of the master plan developed by RTA to provide dedicated cycling spanning the entire Dubai Emirate in a bid to encourage the use of bikes as an environment-friendly transit means, as well as for the benefit of cycling enthusiasts. “It also comes in implementation of RTA’s vision of Safe & Smooth Transport for All as the advanced countries are focusing on raising the proportion of pedestrian & cycling travels since they involve traffic, health and environmental benefits”.
In 2008 the RTA developed a Cycling Master Plan that included charting routes for bikes within the rights-of-way as well as separate lanes. The Plan detailed the specifications & standards of separating cycling tracks from pedestrian pathways, and addressed the intersection points with cycling tracks, provision of biking racks in general and at the public transport stations in particular, cycling lanes in entertainment areas, materials to be used in the construction of cycling tracks, and the signage for bikes and tracks
Currently, RTA is constructing a 4.5 km-long track in central district of Bur Dubai, and has completed the designs of 4 tracks linking Jumeirah Road with 4 metro stations on the Sheikh Zayed Road and the construction will be undertaken as part of Miscellaneous Improvements Contract 2013. RTA has completed the construction of 1400 bike racks around the metro stations.
“As the RTA is keen on nurturing a pedestrian-friendly environment in an effort to promote the use of public transport means, particularly the Dubai Metro, it provided extensive paved spaces for pedestrians at the entry points of the metro stations, and safe crossing means at the intersections in the vicinity of the entrances to the metro stations, besides paving pedestrian paths along the roads leading to the metro stations spanning a 500 meter-long radius around the center of each station”, H.E. Al Tayer said.