When it comes to primary modes of transport in the Middle East, cycling and walking fall way below. The sweltering heat is among the primary reasons why people must resort to alternative forms of commute. Countries like the Netherlands, which exemplify the advantages of sustainable commuting, serve as examples of countries looking to invest in a greener future for all. For Arab countries, innovation is necessary when planning for a sustainable future.
A recent announcement by Dubai provides a glimpse of a different green future by unveiling a 93-kilometer climate-controlled cycling highway, The Loop, that aims to make cycling and walking to work possible for 80% of residents by 2040.
Helmed by Dubai-based sustainable developer URB, the cycle and the walking route will have a “climate-controlled all-year environment” to make walking and cycling the primary mode of transport for Dubai’s residents, in line with the emirate’s 20-minute city initiative.
The facility, which is at the research and development stage, will also feature spaces for leisure and community services and will provide “an enjoyable mode of sustainable transport, no matter the weather conditions,” the property developer said in a statement.
Previously, URB was awarded two contracts for cycling paths by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Al Khawaneej and Mushrif in November last year, part of a 278-km cycling track masterplan. It will use its learning to build this futuristic cycling path.
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