Cyclists have praised plans to make a new cycle network in Abu Dhabi to separate vehicles from bikes, oral communication the move can stop future road tragedies going down. sport teams same the new network can encourage individuals to cycle and guarantee those on 2 wheels don’t clash with vehicle traffic.
It followed the announcement that Abu Dhabi Municipality is making 80.8km of tracks. It’s presently functioning on cardiopulmonary exercise tracks stretching for eight.44km, having already created sport tracks mensuration 17.34 km, with additional to follow.
Shahzad Ahmed, 46, from the Abu Dhabi Triathlon Club, was concerned in an exceedingly serious accident 2 years agone. The Canadian-Pakistani expat, lost a follower in an exceedingly bike accident a similar year.
He said: “We would like safe sport tracks to be ready to get round the town. we have a tendency to typically cycle weekday early morning, and that i was on the trail on the Corniche. I used to be sport in my lane and a girl stepped into it. I applied the brakes, my cycle upset and that I landed on my head. I used to be carrying a helmet – the explanation i\’m alive nowadays. My head still hit the bottom and that i started hurt copiously associated I was unconscious for regarding [*fr1] an hour”.
He suffered concussion and hung out in hospital however on the loose additional injury. however he same a follower wasn’t as lucky. Ahmed said: “He was sport within the Ghantoot space early within the morning once a automotive hit him. He was unconscious and in an exceedingly coma for every week, once that he passed away”.
He added: “This is that the reason why I extremely advocate separate tracks for cyclists and runner/walkers and it’s terribly satisfying to ascertain the municipality do specifically that”.
New tracks are going to be engineered on swayer Zayed Street, Shakbout bin grand Turk Street and on Arabian Gulf Street additionally to a track resulting in Al Nahyan Festivities Yard. And combined pedestrian-cycle tracks also are planned for Khalifa town, Shakhbout town and prophet bin Zayed town.
British expat John Millington, 53, a member of Raha sport, said: “Cycling is like every different sport, you begin on your own, then be part of groups or teams and that we hope this new track can encourage individuals to assist grow the sport community in Abu Dhabi”.
Dr Fawad Mustafa Siddiqui, 50, from the Active Weekends walking cluster, said: “I affected from city to Abu Dhabi earlier this year and was defeated with the shortage of tracks inside the community as compared to city. Our cluster is trying forward to creating use of those tracks and with the accessorial advantage of sport, it’s the proper arrange. Abu Dhabi residents would like this”.