RTA focuses on shared mobility through sustainable strategy

The 'First and Last-Mile' strategy endorses shared and mass transport, and is aimed towards advocating a healthy lifestyle

RTA has launched the ‘First and Last-Mile’ strategy to promote healthier lifestyles
Dubai Media Office
RTA has launched the ‘First and Last-Mile’ strategy to promote healthier lifestyles

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched a ‘First and Last-Mile’ strategy, with an aim to advocate a healthy and active lifestyle through multiple mobility options integrated with mainstream public transport network.

The strategy was launched in a meeting chaired by RTA’s director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors, HE Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, as confirmed by state-run Dubai Media Office.

Essentially, ‘first and last-mile’ journeys are the first or last part of a journey leading, or nearest, to a means of public transport. These include bus on-demand, taxi, limo, smart rental cars and shared public/private transport within the first and last-mile range.

In addition, this also covers individual transit means such as scooters and electric bikes in addition to non-mechanical transit means like walking, and biking, among others.

The strategy is based on three pillars: sustainability, shared mobility, and safety of users, complementing RTA’s objectives of making roads and transit means friendly for all.

The strategy also endorses shared and mass transport, and contributes to developing effective policies and legislations for transport, roads and traffic.

RTA plans to complete the initial phase of a master plan for soft mobility covering three residential areas: Karama, Mankhool, and Al Qusais 1. The plan involves integration of transit means that meet the needs of people of determination, including raised pedestrian crossings and speed reduction devices.

The soft mobility elements also include the installation of cautionary directional signs and markings, building routes shared by vehicles and non-conventional transit means, rest areas with amenities, and shaded paths to encourage people to practice soft mobility.

RTA expects to expand the scope of soft mobility through 2020 to cover the Barsha 1 and 2 districts.

In 2021, it will cover Al Bateen A, Baraha, Al Ras, Al Qusais 2 and 3 and Qusais Industrial Area 1 districts.

By 2024, the number of districts covered by soft mobility in Dubai will reach 27.

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