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Abu Dhabi eyes cycling, walking master plan

Department of Transport develops plan to enhance life for pedestrian, cyclists in emirate

Abu Dhabi eyes cycling, walking master plan
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Abu Dhabi is developing a new master plan to make the emirate more accessible for pedestrians and cyclists.

In a region dominated by the car, the Department of Transport (DoT) has announced the start of work on a Pedestrian Bikeway Master Plan.

Officials said in a statement that the plan aims to improve the transport options and quality of life for the entire emirate of Abu Dhabi, including Al Ain Region and the Western Region (Al Gharbia).

The year-long planning process, to be completed by early 2012, will begin by gathering all information about the streets and roads of Abu Dhabi.

The statement added that officials will study future urban plans for street and road infrastructure, and "explore all practical and feasible approaches that will help turn Abu Dhabi into a truly accessible and sustainable emirate".

"Walking and cycling are critical components of a modern, liveable and sustainable word-class city and nation. These types of transportation are ideal solutions for short trips, helping residents and visitors explore the emirate, the DoT said.

The DoT is working closely with stakeholders and key strategic partners "to ensure that the final master plan delivers safety, convenience and ease for pedestrians and cyclists".

Special trees and shading solutions for all routes will help transform open air walking or cycling into a convenient commuting option, the DoT added.

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