Abu Dhabi Named Asias First Bike City As New Project is Announced

  • Publish date: Wednesday، 03 November 2021
Abu Dhabi Named Asias First Bike City As New Project is Announced

H.H. Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, has received the ‘UCI Bike City’ label for Abu Dhabi from the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), cycling’s global governing body.

Abu Dhabi is the first destination in Asia to receive the prestigious cycling distinction.

Abu Dhabi Named Asias First Bike City As New Project is Announced

Abu Dhabi joins other established ‘Bike Cities’ around the world, including Bergen in Norway; Copenhagen, the Danish capital; Glasgow in Scotland; the French capital of Paris, Vancouver in Canada; the English county of Yorkshire.

Bike Abu Dhabi

During the event, Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed also launched Bike Abu Dhabi, a new enabling platform which links between three critical elements for cycling growth: mobility, health and leisure, and sport.

Under the Bike Abu Dhabi platform, the emirate will see significant infrastructure enhancements, including an extension of the emirate’s 300km cycling network to more than 1,000km. The network expansion includes the 109km Abu Dhabi Loop – a segregated cycle way linking key destinations across the city, further enhancing mobility and encouraging the population to engage in a healthier lifestyle through safe and sustainable transportation.

Velodrome Hudayriyat

Plans are also in place to build Velodrome Hudayriyat - a 3,500 capacity arena for track racing that will provide further opportunities to host high-profile international and local cycling events. The 12,000 sqm development will further enhance Hudayriyat Island as the city’s main cycling hub.

Abu Dhabi boasts a rich tradition of cycling, with established cycling hubs including a total of 28km of cycling track at Hudayriyat Island and a total of 40km at Al Wathba, which offer world-class facilities for all levels – from group rides, to solo cyclists and families.

UCI Urban Cycling World Championships

Following the Bike City ceremonial ride, Abu Dhabi was announced as the host venue for the 2022 and 2024 UCI Urban Cycling World Championships and the 2028 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.

Abu Dhabi Al Ain Classic

A new community cycling event was also unveiled: the Abu Dhabi Al Ain Classic is a one-day race open to UAE clubs and amateurs that will start in Abu Dhabi and finish in Al Ain.