Walking and Abu Dhabi

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.

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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


About roadnotes

Robert Bartlett is an international consultant with over 30 years of professional experience as a highway and traffic engineer with leading companies and organisations in several countries, including Germany, China (Hong Kong), Qatar and the UK. Specialised in urban studies, transport and the use of GIS, research has included new ideas on subjects such as the study of social justice using GIS, the dimensions of vehicles, and comparative geometrics (highways and transport).
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