The length of e-scooter and bike tracks in Dubai will double to almost 400 kilometers from 2023, and speed limits will be slashed to 30kph on some roads to improve rider safety.
According to The National News, eleven new routes will be opened to e-scooters and bicycles from next year.
The new zones will be established in residential areas Al Tawar 1, Al Tawar 2, Umm Suqeim 3, Al Garhoud, Muhaisnah 3, Umm Hurair 1, Al Safa 2, Al Barsha South 2, Al Barsha 3, Al Quoz 4, and Nad Al Sheba 1, opening up new routes to more than 114,500 residents.
Routes will connect 10 mass transport stations, and 18 prominent destinations, such as public parks and commercial outlets.
The total number of districts in which e-scooters are permitted to operate will increase to 21, while the total length of tracks dedicated to bikes, e-scooters, as well as safe and shared routes, rises from 185km to 390km.
Existing routes are already in place across Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai Internet City, Al Rigga, 2nd of December Street, The Palm Jumeirah, and City Walk.
To legally use the routes, riders without an existing driver’s license must apply for a free permit.
The process involves attending training courses and passing an online test. (NewsWire)