Qatar residents urged to give way to cyclists

 11 Oct 2016 - 3:57

Qatar residents urged  to give way to cyclists
From left: Italy’s silver medallist Lisa Morzenti, gold medallist Karlijn Swinkels of the Netherlands, and France’s bronze medallist Juliette Labous celebrate on the podium at the end of the women’s junior Individual Time Trial event.

The Peninsula

Doha:  As the UCI Road World Championships Doha 2016 takes place, there has been increased awareness and concern for the safety of both the cyclists and pedestrians, alike. 
As the week has progressed, an increased number of professional cyclists have been training around the West Bay and other nearby areas to The Pearl-Qatar. 
A closed-door session was held yesterday, involving senior officials of Qatar Olympic Committee, LOC, UDC, The Security Committee, ASO, and UCI.  Dr Thani Al Kuwari, Secretary General of QOC was quoted as saying “cyclists must obey the rules of the road.” 
He went on to say “motorists in Qatar must take due care to ensure the safety of cyclists and pedestrians.” 
The UCI was specifically asked to brief all cycling teams about the culture of Qatar and the rules of Qatar’s roads. 
Qatar Cycling Federation President Sheikh Khalid bin Ali Al Thani said “the Organising Committee and UCI have worked hand-in-hand to make this a magnificent event,” and he expressed confidence that the closed-door session would lead to a safer environment for the professional cyclists. Dr. Mohammed Al Kuwari, Vice-Chairman of the UCI RWC Local Organising Committee stated: “For cyclists, no road is safe. We need cyclists to take care when they are on the roads, because it is a real risk.” 
He also urged drivers on Qatar’s roads to be extra careful when nearing a cyclist.  
Among those who attended, Eng. Ibrahim Jassim Al Othman, President and CEO of UDC was quoted as saying “feedback in The Pearl, frankly, is better than we anticipated. Thus far we have had no major showstoppers, and it is business as usual at The Pearl-Qatar.”