Cycling has really taken off in Qatar in recent years. There are a number of cycling groups, cycling federations here to promote cycling as a way to stay fit and healthy and also to promote sustainability.
However, many people in Qatar don't know that when you take your cycle out, there are a number of laws that you must follow and safety measures you must take to avoid accidents and injuries to yourself and others.
In fact, just recently, the Ministry of Interior, in a joint campaign with North Security, seized a number of bicycles in Doha for violating safety requirements. The violating bicycles were impounded for a week till the owners bought lights, phosphorescent jackets and helmets to get their bicycles back.
So, what are the laws and safety measures when it comes to cycling in Qatar and why are they important? Let's find out.
If you're out riding a bicycle in Qatar, by law, you must wear a bicycle helmet to protect the head from sustaining any serious injury in case of an accident, and a reflective or phosphorescent jacket so you are visible when it's dark. You should wear appropriate clothing that doesn't get stuck or tangled in the chain or the tyres.
For your bicycle, by law in Qatar, you must have a rearview mirror (on the handlebar) so you can see what's behind you. You must also have a front light, a rear reflector, a dynamo (to power the front light), and reflectors on the sides of the pedals to ensure you're visible when it's dark or when visibility is low. The brakes on your bicycle should be well-maintained, you should have an air pump for your tyres fixed on the down tube of your bicycle, and a horn for emergency purposes.
Not following safety requirements while riding a bicycle may cause serious accidents and failure to follow the traffic safety rules in Qatar will result in the confiscation of bicycles and impounding them till the rules are obeyed.
What is your experience of cycling in Qatar? Do you follow the laws and the rules? Do let us know in our comments section below. Like and share the article - it keeps us going!
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