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UAE gears up for the national’s second #CycleToWorkUAE initiative

January 11, 2016 1:16 pm

Mohammed Al Otaiba, Editor-in-Chief at The National

The National, Abu Dhabi Media’s leading English-language publication, invites all UAE residents to pedal their way to work for #CycleToWorkUAE on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016.

Now in its second year, the initiative, which is supported by the Department of Transport (DoT), encourages residents to live healthier lifestyles, create smaller environmental footprints, and build conscientious communities.

Participating residents can improve their personal health through physical activity while contributing to a cleaner environment and supporting their communities by raising awareness about wellness and environmentalism.

“The return of #CycleToWorkUAE marks The National’s commitment to encouraging the UAE community to adopt healthy and sustainable lifestyles, which is exemplified by the success of our #healthyliving campaign and the subsequent eponymous magazine,” said Mohammed Al Otaiba, Editor-in-Chief at The National.

“Though the immediate goal is to cycle rather than drive for a day, the long-term target is to facilitate the growth of a community that is aware of cycling’s positive health, environmental, and social benefits as the UAE develops into an accessible, cycle-friendly space for all,” added Al Otaiba.

The potential health benefits of regular cycling are numerous, including the acceleration of weight loss and reduction of stress while at the same time increasing cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and flexibility. With plans to develop Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the rest of the UAE into urban spaces that welcome pedestrians and cyclists as integrated stakeholders on city streets, residents will soon be able to take greater advantage of cycling’s health benefits.

As the UAE continues to transition into a cycle-friendly community, safety is the top priority and cyclists must be cautious of vehicles. Organizers encourage participants to use the hard shoulder, service roads and walkways while wearing a helmet, fluorescent clothing, reflectors, and lights at night. Cyclists are advised to make eye contact with drivers, signal intentions, and walk their bicycles across busy intersections. Lastly, those cycling should do so alongside the flow of traffic and, if using the side of the road, stay at least one metre to the right of vehicles.

Participants are encouraged to join the movement on social media using the official hashtag #CycleToWorkUAE, where daily contests leading up to event day are open to the public. Cyclists are also invited to showcase their actions using the hashtag, as more prizes will be available on January 12th, 2016.

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