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Dh300 fine for not following bicycling rules in Dubai

DUBAI: Riding your bicycle outside dedicated lanes will now invite a fine of Dh300 in Dubai. This is part of a new resolution and a total of seven fines brought in force to regulate use of dedicated bicycles paths, according to a media report.

Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, issued the Executive Council’s Resolution No (10) of 2015 regulating the use of bicycles in the emirate of Dubai, on Sunday. The resolution also aims to encourage the public to use bicycles as a mode of transportation and also for recreational and athletic purposes, Khaleej Times reported.

Reportedly, the Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) will approve the requirements and standards to establish, maintain, operate, and use bicycles tracks. The authority will also handle matters pertaining to security and safety measures, sign boards, and establishing the terms, regulations and technical specifications for bicycles in the emirate of Dubai.

Bikers are reportedly obliged to use dedicated tracks on roads with speed limits exceeding 60kmph, not use tracks dedicated for pedestrians, abide by applied safety and security measures.

Cyclists cannot have a pillion too unless the bicycle and second passenger are equipped with the necessary equipments, the report said.

Repeating the violation within one year will double the amount of fine. Competent authorities can also impound any violating bicycle for up to 30 days, and the rules meant for impounded vehicles in the emirate of Dubai will remain valid.

So far, the RTA has constructed more than 150km long cycling paths across the Emirate, including a 25km cycling path at Jumeirah Road, and an 11km cycling path at the center of Bur Dubai, in addition to a 115km cycling path at Seih Assalam and Al Qudra Road comprising 10 rest points, facilities for hiring bikes and accessories, and a fully-fledged medical clinic, the news report said.

Recently, the RTA has also announced the start of construction works in the Dubai Cycling Track project stretching 21.2km, at a cost of about Dh32 million. The project is intended to connect with the existing cycle path at Seih Assalam running beside Al Qudra Road in the direction of Emirates Road, and further to the Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road up to Nad Al Sheba, Khaleej Times reported.

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