November is when the weather here in the UAE really starts looking up, and for those who truly enjoy fresh air we have some good news for you!
A 32km-long cycling and running tracks project covering three residential districts of Dubai will be ready by November, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on Saturday, reports Gulf News.
The new project is part of a masterplan that hopes to see the cycling and running track network spread to a whopping 500km by 2021!
Covering the sprawling residential districts of Mushrif, Mirdiff and Al Khawaneej, this new cycling track will expand the city’s growing network to a total of 250km, one of the biggest in the region.
Built at a cost of Dhs67 million, the project covers cycling tracks extending 32 km at Mushrif, Midriff and Al Khawaneej, along with two bridges for the combined use of cyclists and pedestrians on Al Khawaneej and the Academic City Streets.
According to Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, 90 percent of work on the project has been completed and the tracks will be open for public as early as this November.
“Our aim is to provide an infrastructure at residential districts that encourages residents to practice sport, in view of its immense health benefits to people. The project is also part of a master plan developed by RTA for providing dedicated cycling and running tracks covering the entire emirate that can also be used as environment-friendly mobility means for cycling enthusiasts. Advanced countries and communities pay much attention to raising the proportion of trips made by walking and cycling,” said Al Tayer.
We can't wait to take our bikes out for a spin on the new tracks!