Cyclists take advantage of Abu Dhabi Corniche to cycle to work



ABU DHABI // Cycling enthusiasts took to the roads as early as 7.30am on Tuesday, joining hundreds across the country.

In addition to promoting health and fitness, the initiative aims to build a cycling culture in the UAE and make its cities more cycle-friendly.

“I think it’s a good move and the more attention it gets, the better,” said Sander Van Reijzen, 34, who cycles to work once or twice a week, mainly using the long cycling track that runs alongside the Corniche road.

“The dedicated bicycle lane here is a good start,” he said. “There are a few other streets. There’s also one on front of my house, but you encounter a pavement or something else.”

Mr Reijzen, from The Netherlands, works as a general manager at an oil and gas company in Abu Dhabi. He said there was a need to build clearly marked, direct and continuous routes that are completely separated from traffic.

“There is no continuous cycle path,” he said. “This is what I think presents a challenge because when you’re crossing the roads there’s no continuous cycle path.”

In April last year, the Department of Transport unveiled the Walking and Cycling Master Plan to make the emirate safer by doubling the number of dedicated paths by 2020. More info