Only one cyclist per bike, scooter or e-bike, using dedicated lanes in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi: The Integrated Transport Center (ITC) of the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) in Abu Dhabi, in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Police Headquarters, has announced new regulations on the use of bicycles , e-bikes and other micromobility devices in the emirate.

This comes after the DMT issued a notification for the implementation of the provisions of the new regulations. The revised regulations aim to establish the highest safety and security standards for the use and rental of ordinary and electric bicycles, and include the requirements necessary to carry out these activities as well as the rules and technical requirements of the bicycle users, in accordance with the best practices in this field.

Seeking cooperation from strategic stakeholders

The ITC confirmed that the new regulations, which apply to the use and/or supply or rental of bicycles for individuals and businesses, are part of efforts, in cooperation with relevant strategic stakeholders, to diversify means of transport and establish an integrated and sustainable system that improves the quality of services offered to the community, and to support leniency towards environmentally friendly modes of transport in Abu Dhabi.

The new bicycle regulations also include rented bicycles, the use of electric bicycles, scooters and all micromobility devices that can be used on the road or on cycle paths.

Rules for cyclists and e-bike users

The regulations stipulate that only one cyclist can ride a bicycle, scooter or electric bicycle, using the lanes dedicated to bicycles. Helmet safety and protection procedures must be followed at all times while riding the means mentioned above.

It is completely forbidden for cyclists to hang on to any other vehicle, or even to enter the airspace of any vehicle at high or low speed while traveling. Photo for illustrative purposes only.
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Cyclists and users of micromobility devices can only use lanes and roads intended for bicycles and, if there are none in the area where they wish to ride, they must use secondary roads where the limit of speed is generally 20 kilometers per hour, and they must stay on the far right of the road or sidewalks and sidewalks dedicated to the use of bicycles. Cycling safety instructions and procedures must be followed at all times, and any dangerous or compromising stunts for cyclists, pedestrians or any other road user must be completely avoided.

Additionally, regulations for riding all types of bicycles and micromobility devices clearly state that a cyclist must wear a protective helmet and reflective clothing at night, and such bicycles may only be parked in designated areas and may not be left where they may impede vehicular or pedestrian traffic. These bikes should not be chained to traffic light poles or street light poles. The highway code also stipulates that cyclists must give priority to pedestrians and reduce their speed at intersections and crossroads, while keeping a safe distance between themselves, vehicles and pedestrians.

It is completely forbidden for cyclists to hang on to any other vehicle, or even to enter the airspace of any vehicle at high or low speed while traveling. It is totally forbidden to drive in the opposite direction of the road in all circumstances.

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All electric bicycles must be equipped with a monitoring or tracking device (electronic GPS) compatible with the approved technical specifications.
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Rules for rental devices

The Integrated Transport Center allows companies involved in the rental of electric bicycles to resume their activity in accordance with the provisions and requirements of the regulations, and any natural or legal person is prohibited from carrying out bicycle rental activities or micromobility devices until it has acquired official status. permit issued by the Integrated Transport Center.

In addition, the Authorized Operator is responsible for not using any bicycle or mobility device that does not comply with the approved technical specifications and is required to provide regular periodic maintenance of the bicycles and/or devices in accordance with the regulations and specifications of the Department of Municipalities and Transports and the Integrated Center of Transports. Any establishment renting or operating bicycles and micromobility devices is also required to ensure that a telephone number is made available to all cyclists by which they can be contacted in the event of an emergency or malfunction when using their bikes and/or devices.

All electric bicycles must be equipped with a monitoring or tracking device (electronic GPS) compatible with the approved technical specifications. The new regulations aim to ensure that all intelligent transport systems comply with the standards and conditions stipulated by the DMT, while maintaining compliance with all requirements that ensure the safety and security of all parties involved, including confidentiality. , the confidentiality and security of user information which is legally protected in accordance with current legislation, and providing sufficient insurance to properly cover road accidents for cyclists.

Technical specifications and requirements

The regulations state that bicycles and e-bikes must be equipped with a white headlight and a red taillight that can be turned on when riding at night, or a red light reflector, as well as a flashing device. sound alert mounted on the handlebars and effective brakes, at least on the rear wheel.

The Integrated Transport Center has confirmed that it will apply the fines and other deterrents set out in the regulations in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Police.

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