With summer temperatures above 40 deg. C and humidity above 60%, Abu Dhabi does not have the sort of climate where you would expect people to go for a stroll, or for a short tour on a bicycle. However in the cooler months temparatures can drop below 10 deg. Centigrade – and of course, before cars became popular, people were quite accustomed to walking and to use of non-motorized transport.
It should not be too suprising then to learn that the Emirate has introduced a “walking and cycling plan”, whose aims include doubling the number of walking and cycling journeys in the Emirate by 2020.
The documents are well worth a read. I liked for instance the detailed route classification for walk and cycle routes (see e.g. the following table from the document). Cycle and pedestrian route networks deserve a hierarchy / or classification just as much as do routes for motor vehicles.
The documents are interesting, although unfortunately people will have difficulties with the clarity of the text (grey coloured text against a grey background does not make for easy reading).
The documents can be downloaded from here.
1970 – Abu Dhabi, “Abu Dhabi walking and cycling master plan / part 1”, Abu Dhabi DOT, 2014