Dubai RTA and Dubai Police are discussing initiatives related to safe cycling, new cycle tracks and the safe trial of e-scooters throughout the city.

During the meeting, the RTA and police representatives discussed the RTA’s plans to build more cycling tracks to improve city liveability and assist its migration to sustainable transport. Dubai’s Crown Prince wants to make the city bicycle-friendly in line with Dubai Vision 2021 – a programme of measures to make the city a popular and safe destination for business, living and visiting.

Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), met with His Excellency Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police. The meeting was required to implement directives on scooters, cycling and a truck rest stops the project, as directed by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.

Dubai’s cycling tracks currently extend to 425km in total. The plan is to extend them further to 647km by 2025. In a statement, RTA says it is aiming to “facilitate the link of Dubai’s hotspots with various public transit means”.

The city is set to begin e-scooter testing during the week commencing 26 October 2020 in five zones across the city: Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai Internet City, 2nd of December St, Al-Rigga and Jumeirah Lake Towers.

RTA says that these zones were selected according to specific criteria such as the population density, private developments, availability of public transport services, integrated infrastructure, and high traffic safety records.