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Dubai Gets 100 Bike Parking Stations

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.

On a list of top bicycle-friendly cities by Askmen.com, the only U.S. city included was Portland at #6, but other major cities have slowly followed suit.

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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12:06PM PST on Jan 14, 2011

Very good news!!!

5:36AM PST on Jan 14, 2011

Good sign and good example for others.

11:03AM PST on Jan 13, 2011

awesome! my city is too small and doesn't care about that kind of stuff. therefore we have nothing like that here.

9:07AM PST on Jan 13, 2011

Very good!

7:49PM PST on Jan 12, 2011

Interesting

6:54PM PST on Jan 12, 2011

Avec des ideés aussi stupide pour le plaisir d'une minorité dans le sahara avec une chaleur suffoquante,ne donnera aucun
résultat pour un avenir plus vert./

8:13AM PST on Jan 12, 2011

They have plenty of money to install bike parking. Good for them using the money for a great purpose.

2:34PM PST on Jan 11, 2011

It is good to see Dubai is encouraging their people to use bikes instead of cars, lets hope more cities follow their example.

2:13PM PST on Jan 11, 2011

yay

11:12AM PST on Jan 11, 2011

Good news!

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