Dubai revises speed limits for cyclists

Riders on dedicated paths will be restricted to 30kph and must stick to 20kph on routes shared with pedestrians

Dubai's transport authority has brought in new speed limits for cycle paths.

Cyclists will be limited to 30kph on dedicated lanes and 20kph on those shared with pedestrians.

The decision will affect routes across the city and include 30kph limits on Nad Al Sheba and Meydan cycling tracks, and in paths in Al Qusais, Karama and Mankhool. Most urban paths will be 20kph.

No limits will be imposed on Al Qudra cycling track or the nearby Seih Assalam area.

“RTA is keen to make Dubai one of the best cycle-friendly cities in the world," said Maitha bin Adai, head of traffic and roads at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

"This warrants developing and improving the infrastructure of cycling, as well as legislation that encourages people to use cycles as safe means of mobility around the city," she said.

The pandemic has led to a boom in cycling, with more people taking up the hobby and exercising outdoors.

Dubai's government said it plans to increase the distance covered by dedicated cycle routes from 425 kilometres to more than 660km by 2025.

Brig Saif Al Mazroui, head of traffic at Dubai Police, urged all riders to ensure they wear a helmet and reflective vest or jacket, and have a white light at the front of their bike and a red light at the rear.

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