Dubai will add 50 kilometres to its cycle network each year in an unprecedented push to encourage more residents to swap their cars for exercise.
The Roads and Traffic Authority said it planned to have 558km of cycle lanes across the city, creating a network of bike routes to cater for short commutes as well as paths for longer periods of exercise.
The first phase would see 30km along Jumeirah Beach Road and 2nd December Street, connected to metro stations in a bid to encourage people to use bikes for part of their journey.
New lanes in Bur Dubai will follow, while the third phase includes cycle lanes in areas around Al Barsha.
The announcement follows the launch of a rent-a-bike scheme in Downtown Dubai and Dubai Marina and the opening of a 50km Dubai Cycling Course on Al Qudra Road.
The city’s first cycle park opened at Nad Al Sheba race track in May last year.
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