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Lush green trees along bicycle tracks a bonus for health enthusiasts

Lush green trees along bicycle tracks a bonus for health enthusiasts

Santhosh Chandran
Doha
IF you happen to visit Al Wakra locality, you can hardly miss the sight of bicycle tracks surrounded by lush green trees.
These days you can also find health freaks cycling along these tracks adding to the beauty of the streets.
Thanks to the Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’, most of the new highways being constructed by the authority have dedicated bicycle tracks and trees are being planted along these tracks, many of which have already grown enough to provide green shade to the cyclists.
For example, trees along cyclist lanes on the G Ring Road and in Wakra area have grown enough offering a thick green shade to the cyclists and other sports enthusiasts.
As part of its commitment to spread healthy living culture, Ashghal has already completed several kilometres of cycling tracks on expressway and has announced that Qatar would have over 1,000 km of bicycle tracks by 2022.
Once the trees planted on both sides of cyclist tracks are fully grown, it will not only be an ideal venue for health enthusiasts to do regular workouts, but also offer a visual treat to the visitors.
With projects under way to achieve greater connectivity between localities in future, the tracks are expected to draw attention of more and more people.
Speaking to Qatar Tribune, an official of Indian Sports Centre, an organisation of Indian expatriates, said that sports lovers, health enthusiasts and especially bicycle riders, love these tracks.
He added that these tracks would be busier in near future with sports organisations and schools forming teams of cyclists to explore these tracks.
Meanwhile, bicycle dealers admitted to a rise in the demand for bicycles. Manager of Gulf Youth Bicycles in Al Wakra said, “Winter always brings good business to the bicycle traders. However, we are noticing a new trend this winter. The demand for bigger bicycles has increased and the reason behind this is the completion of bicycle tracks on major highways.
A physical education trainer in an Indian school said, “We are always promoting the habit of cycling among students in school.”

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