Dubai Police record 7,000 violations during crackdown on unsafe cycling

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A number of cyclists were exposed to serious accidents and injuries because of ignoring cycling rules in designated lanes and tracks. Image Credit: Courtesy: RTA

Dubai: Dubai Police has urged cyclists to follow traffic rules for their own safety, after a number of cyclists were exposed to serious accidents and injuries because of ignoring cycling rules in designated lanes and tracks.

Colonel Juma Bin Suwaidan, acting director of General Directorate of Traffic at Dubai Police, said the directorate has held crackdowns in Deira and Bur Dubai to seize bicycles that violated traffic rules. He added that the traffic campaigns resulted in recording 7,031 violations and confiscating 454 bicycles since the beginning of this year.

Seizures by area

Colonel Juma Bin Suwaidan

“Seventy-seven of these bicycles were seized in Jumeirah, 32 on Sheikh Zayed Road, 26 in Al Barsha, 22 in Al Satwa, 20 on Umm Suqeim Road, 16 in Al Jaffiliya, 14 in Al Karama, eight in Discovery Gardens, eight on Al Khail Road, six bicycles on Al Wasl Road, and one bicycle on each December 2nd and Mohammed bin Zayed roads,” Col Suwaidan said.

He added that 55 bicycles were confiscated in Al Muraqqabat, 35 in Al Qusais, 46 in Al Rashidiya, and 87 in Naif.

What are the rules?

Col Suwaidan called on cyclists to fully commit to traffic safety rules, including wearing a helmet, wearing a reflective jacket, following traffic signs, installing front and rear lights and proper brakes.

He also urged the public to cooperate with the Dubai Traffic Police by reporting reckless cyclists and motorists via the ‘We Are All Police’ service on Dubai Police’s smart app and call centre 901.