The Middle East may be one of the most polluting locations on the planet, but certain cities are making an effort to “go green.” Recently, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid approved the construction of 500 km of bike lanes by 2021 to ensure cyclists’ safety on the roads.
Around the same time, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai approved walking paths along Dubai Creek, additional metro stations and dedicated bus lanes. Authorities hope to improve transportation, improve the population’s health through exercise and reduce car dependence.
As The National reports, construction will begin in 2018 with 320 km of paved roads expected to be finished in 2024. The completion date of the paths along Dubai Creek has not been disclosed.
The majority of the approved projects are related to Expo 2020. All in all, 5 new metro stations — which can accommodate an additional 650,000 passengers a day — will be constructed. Additionally, many existing roads will be renovated. By upgrading bus lanes, mass transit will be improved and carbon emissions reduced.
Of course, some of the developments aren’t so applaudable. For instance, officials seek to double the capacity of Dubai-Al Ain Road and pave new roads. While this will help facilitate new transportation, it won’t help Dubai’s pollution problems.
The metropolis has a long way to go before it is recognized as a clean and progressive city, but every effort helps.
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