Pedestrians, take note of this! Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA) is building a number of new footbridges to help prevent accidents.
Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, said that traffic studies conducted have identified a number of important locations where there is heavy pedestrian crossing, numerous shops and services on the sides of the roads, and high numbers of accidents.
During the coming year, 10 footbridges will be constructed in these locations.
Al Tayer added that previous efforts by RTA in collaboration with Dubai Police have helped decrease the number of fatalities as a result of pedestrian crossing. In 2007, the number of pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 was 9.5. This number dropped to 2.3 in 2010 and to 1.2 in 2013.
Bridges will be constructed at various locations, including Khalid Bin Al Waleed Street, Al Nahda Street, Al Mankhool Street and Dubai-Al Ain Road.
There is also work on the construction of four air-conditioned footbridges in Al Sufouh Street, two for tram users and residents and two to link Tecom to the opposite side of the street and to Dubai Marina. Additionally, another seven footbridges are planned for 2015.