Abu Dhabi plans to build more cycling tracks
The lanes will stretch from six to 16km, and a separate mountain track may be built on Dalma Island
Proposals to build bicycle tracks in Al Dhafra, Abu Dhabi, have been reviewed as "cycling culture" accelerates in the UAE.
HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region, has seen proposals for the 3m-wide, fenced, asphalt cycling track.
Extending from six to 16km, the cycling lanes will be implemented in Madinat Zayed, Sila, and Mirfa, and will include a mountain circuit on Dalma Island, Emirates News Agency (WAM) said.
In addition to the fenced cycling track, the project includes construction of car parks and kiosks, installation of lamp posts and portable bathrooms, and the planting of Ghaf trees to reduce sand movement.
The project is led by the Abu Dhabi Cycling Club. Its chairman, also the chairman of the Community Development Department, Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, met with HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan to outline his vision for the cycling track in Abu Dhabi.
HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan praised the club for promoting "cycling culture" in the emirate, as Abu Dhabi looks to nurture grassroots sports and develop a generation of athletes who can compete on the global stage.
Dr. Khaili said the project would provide social benefits and promote healthy lifestyles in the community by encouraging more people to get active and practice sport.
It is unclear what the next steps are for the cycling project in Abu Dhabi.
Last year, though, the Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities at Abu Dhabi City Municipality said it wanted to bring the total length of running and cycling to 86,996 longitudinal metres.