Dubai to Expand It's Soft Mobility Project

  • Publish date: Monday، 23 May 2022
Dubai to Expand It's Soft Mobility Project

Dubai will set to start an expansion of its Soft Mobility Project to cover Al Barsha 1 and 2 in the third quarter of this year, with the project scheduled for completion in the third quarter of next year.

RTA also announced the studying and designing of soft mobility elements in eight Dubai districts, namely: Al Ras, Al Bateen, Al Daghaya, Eyal Nasser, Al Souq Al Kabeer, Hor Al Anz, Abu Hail and Al Sabkha.

Commenting on the project, Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, said, "The expansion in providing Soft Mobility elements project culminates the excellent results of the initial phase of the project, which covered Al Qusais 1, Al Mankhool and Al Karama. The number of cycling trips at Al Qusais 1 doubled from 1173 journeys in 2020 to 2346 journeys in 2021. During the same period, the number of cycling trips increased by 23% at Al Karama and 12% at Al Mankhool. Pedestrians satisfaction with the improvement of the infrastructure as well as safety elements and soft mobility in the three districts clocked 88%, whereas the satisfaction rating of cyclists hit 87%."

"The Soft Mobility plan aims to develop an integrated infrastructure that is friendly to all by enhancing the connection between development projects, attractions areas, and mass transit stations, which requires the use of individual mobility means like walking, bikes and electric scooters. The plan also aims to improve the first and last-mile solutions by offering an array of integral transport enablers such as cycling tracks, pedestrian crossings, rest areas, shaded areas/pathways, landscaped areas, car parks, drop-off and pick-up points and bike racks," explained Al Tayer.

The Soft Mobility project focuses on improving the elements of integrated transport, which mainly include serving the needs of people of determination, constructing raised pedestrian crossings and speed-calming devices, specifying all types of cycling tracks, providing bike racks, installing directional and cautionary signs, adjusting pavements, specifying lanes shared by vehicles and non-motorised transport modes, constructing rest stops along with landscaped and sitting areas, providing shaded areas/pathways to encourage people to use soft mobility means, and providing parking along with pick-up and drop-off points.

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