Dubai's RTA to push total length of cycling tracks to 819km by 2026 Dubai's RTA to push total length of cycling tracks to 819km by 2026
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Dubai’s RTA to push total length of cycling tracks to 819km by 2026

Dubai’s RTA to push total length of cycling tracks to 819km by 2026

The Roads and Transport Authority has awarded a contract for the construction of cycling tracks at Al Khawaneej and Mushrif

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Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded a contract for the construction of cycling tracks at Al Khawaneej and Mushrif, to provide suitable cycling options for people.

The new tracks extend 7km and link with the existing ones extending 32km in the two districts, extending the total length of cycling tracks in both districts to 39km.

The project was launched in response to the directives of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, to transform the emirate into a bicycle-friendly city, Dubai Media Office reported.

“Undertaking this project is part of a master plan for jogging and cycling tracks all over Dubai,” said Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of RTA’s board of executive directors.

“The aim is to encourage residents and visitors to practice sports and recreational activities, which would enhance the wellbeing of people in the emirate.”

“The first track runs from the Quranic Park on Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street up to the intersection with Al Khawaneej Street. It crosses the street through the combined pedestrian and cycling bridge on Al Khawaneej Street to link with the existing cycling track in Al Khawaneej.”

“The second cycling lane starts from Mushrif Park near the Crocodile Park, extends up to the intersection with Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street, and then heads northward up to the intersection with Al Khawaneej Street. It crosses the street through the pedestrian and cycling bridge on Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street to connect with the cycling track in Al Khawaneej,” explained Al Tayer.

The cycling track in Al Khawaneej and Mushrif is part of a master plan to develop cycling tracks and connect key districts of the city, the chairman said. The plan, which extends to 2026, includes the construction of additional cycling tracks extending 278km, bringing the total length of cycling tracks to 819km.

The plan also seeks to link the coastal areas such as Jumeirah, Al Sufouh and the Marina with the external tracks at Al Qudra, Seih Al Salam and Nad Al Sheba along Al Barsha, Dubai Hills and Nad Al Sheba, added Al Tayer.

The dedicated cycling tracks constructed up to the first quarter of 2022 reached 542km.

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