12 Jan Qatar looks to non-motorised transport
Qatar is looking to non-motorised transport to help reduce pollution and traffic flow – and in doing so will make other modes of transport much safer and secure for users.
The newly updated transport plan for Qatar – the Transportation Master Plan for Qatar 2050, includes 60 policies for land transportation, which calls for 287 policy actions.
The push for greener travel calls for walking, cycling and small-wheeled transport to be used more heavily. But to address the critical challenge of city traffic, it is vital that these modes of travel are secure for users.
Qatar has already invested in a number of infrastructure projects. Between 2013 and 2022, the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) built over 2,000 km of bike and pedestrian paths.
Safety and security regulations will be part of the policies being set to cover the management and planning of new developments. This includes restrictions around the use of seatbelts, mobile phones, vehicle import restrictions and the de-registration of old vehicles. It is hoped the introduction of these regulations will help to improve the overall safety and security of Qatar’s transportation system.