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Dubai Roadsters Bike Ride Back On The Road Thanks To Police Escort
(3 June 2015)

 

The popular weekly Dubai Roadsters cycle ride has been re-launched with the aid of a police escort, after new laws on bike riding led to a suspension of the event.

The cycling group that sets out in the early hours each Friday morning to pedal for 80km or 120km, resumed their ride at the weekend.

The events had been halted after new measures banned bikes going on roads with a speed limit of 60kph or above, enforced by Dhs300 fines.

Dubai Police deployed two patrols to escort the group of 120 riders from Nad Al Sheba to Academic City.

Cyclists hope the escorts will continue until the new cycling track connecting Al Qudra Road and Nad Al Sheba is completed in six to eight weeks’ time.

Wolfi Hohmann, the Roadsters’ founder and owner of Wolfi’s Bike Shop in Al Quoz, said the UAE Cycling Federation and Dubai Police had worked with the group to ensure they could keep up their rides.

He added: “We had stopped the event because of the law. We want to obey the rules and regulations and we wanted to adapt our practices. We do understand that the law is there to protect cyclists.

“The Dubai Government is making tremendous efforts to support cyclists in Dubai and the fact that they had police cars follow us shows the level of commitment Dubai has towards the sport.”

He continued: “The law has caused some limitations but with the new cycling tracks to be introduced, such as the track connecting Al Qudra with Nad al Sheba, things will be different.”

Last month, the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) announced it is to build a new 21km cycling track that will connect with the existing cycle path at Seih Assalam.

Sam Sayadin, the co-founder of The Cycle Hub, which also organises a weekly ride for customers and staff, said the new law has created some confusion among cyclists as to where they were allowed to go.

He said: “It is good that the Dubai Roadsters have been allowed back on the roads.

“We are expecting the same support if we were to cycle on the roads.”

The group has a weekly ride on the race track itself and do not use the roads, but Sam said: “It is good to have the option.”

The RTA reiterated earlier this week the fines that can be issued if cyclists are caught using 60kph roads. But they said the new cycling law would enhance traffic safety.

Maitha bin Udai, CEO of the RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency, said: “The RTA is working on standards and requirements related to the use of bikes to ensure that they conform to the highest international standards, and rank Dubai among the world’s top cities in this regard.”

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