Dubai Gets 100 Bike Parking Stations
In an effort to curb environmental pollution and create a more orderly system of parking bikes in an urban setting, the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has created 100 locations for parking bikes in key areas across the Emirate.
Although many in Dubai ride bikes for convenience and to improve their health, they government wanted to eliminate haphazard parking of bikes by tying them to lighting poles, traffic signals and trees, creating a dangerous blockage on roads and sidewalks.
Countries all over the world have begun to recognize and invest in bike-friendly infrastructure in an attempt to encourage people to explore other options for transportation.
According to a report by Care2′s Michelle Martini, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Denver have bike-sharing programs, and Europe recently announced that it has bike-sharing programs in over 100 cities.
“RTA intended to provide parking spaces for bicycles near all the metro stations in a bid to enhance the integration of the Dubai Metro with other transit modes in the Emirate,” said RTA’s Director of Strategic Planning Nasir Abu Shehab. “In an advanced phase of the Project, all the metro stations will be integrated with the dedicated cycling tracks.”
RTA has finalized studies encompassing the construction of cycling tracks with an overall length of about 900 km under 5 phases scheduled for completion by 2020.
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