Dubai announces bicycle masterplan to be completed by 2020

Dubai has announced a bicycle masterplan for the city that will feature cycling paths connecting communities to beaches, malls and parks as well as to the various public transport areas such as the metro and the tram stations.

“The Dubai bicycle master plan has a vision for an extensive bikeway network and this will include several residential areas,” said Nasser Abu Shehab, the RTA’s executive director for strategic transport planning.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said it is currently on target to deliver 900km of cycle paths by 2020, including interlinked community tracks as a key part of the project.

The aim of the project is to encourage residents to cycle instead of using their cars. The bicycle masterplan will ensure a safe environment for residents to choose pedalling over driving.

One of the listed routes include bike paths that links Jumeirah to parks, beaches and shops. This year, bike lanes will also be constructed along the tram route in Dubai Marina and in Al Sufouh.

Other routes include plans to create bike paths from Al Bashra, connecting flats and villas with Mall of the Emirates as well as the Sharaf DG metro station.