Dubai Tram to feature cycling track

Dubai Tram to feature cycling track

A cycling track is to be built along the route of the Dubai tram.

It will also combine as a pedestrian way in the Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residences area and run for a large part of the new 10.6km tram route.

The three-metre wide track will be built from stations 1 to 5 – JBR to Dubai Marina – as a cycle and pedestrian path.

At station 7 – Mina Seyani (in front of Westin Hotel) – the track will narrow to become a cycle way as far as station 11 (Al Sufouh).

The Road and Transport Authority will install cycle racks at every tram station, with capacity for between 8 to 16 bicycles. Each station will also have parking drop off areas for taxis and private vehicles.

Dubai Tram will incorporate a connection to two Metro stations – Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lakes Towers – as well as the Monorail at Palm Jumeirah.

A fleet of 11 trams will operate in phase one of the project that will stretch for 10.6km from Al Sufouh to Dubai Marina. At an average speed of 21km/h and achieving a maximum speed of 50km/h, the trams will make a round trip in 39 minutes.

Testing has already begun, and the service due to begin in November 2014.

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