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RTA completes 9km cycle track next to Dubai Tram

Two cycle tracks are from Al Sufouh Road to Media City and a mixed-use track that starts at Jumeirah Beach Residence station 1 and runs along the loop that circles around Dubai Marina up to Dubai Marina station

The new cycle paths will run along the route of the new tram.
The new cycle paths will run along the route of the new tram.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has opened a nine-kilometre cycle track along the route of the new tram.

The two cycle tracks are from Al Sufouh Road to Media City and a mixed-use track that starts at Jumeirah Beach Residence station 1 and runs along the loop that circles around Dubai Marina up to Dubai Marina station.

The new tracks are part of the RTA’s masterplan to provide 900km of cycle paths in the coming year. By the end of this year, Dubai will have a total of 151.6km of dedicated cycle-ways.

“Currently Dubai has cycle tracks of around 115km covering some areas in Jumeirah, Al Mamzar, Mizhar, some CBD areas and Seih Assalam and work is under way to extend the tracks by up to 151.6km in the coming months,” Nasser Abu Shehab, director of strategic transport planning at RTA, told Gulf News.

The RTA opened a 75km Seih Assalam cycling track last year, with associated facilities like rest areas, a clinic, and bike shops.

“Seih Assalam is a major step towards encouraging non-motorised transport modes among the public and we are planning to further expand it by 48km connecting to Nad Al Sheba and Al Qudra Street,” Abu Shehab said.

The RTA has also installed up to 1,400 bike racks at all major metro stations.

“We are trying to improve the cycling infrastructure within a 500m radius of each major metro station, and this will complement the existing facilities that we have around the city,” Abu Shehab said.

New cycle tracks, spanning 52km, are planned for Al Barsha, Al Khawaneej, Al Warqa’a, Al Quoz 3, Bur Dubai and Mirdif.

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