Cyclists in Qatar flout helmet rule
Did you know cycling without a helmet is punishable in Qatar?
The law that was introduced on July 1, 2002 making it mandatory for cyclists to wear protective headgear, seems to be forgotten by all. Traffic officials have reported an increasing number of accidents involving cyclists over the past few years, none of whom were wearing helmets. The victims largely belonged to Asian community residing in the Industrial Area.
Other than wearing helmets, other traffic rule violations by cyclists include: moving across busy roads or cycling in the opposite direction even in fast lanes. Read full report in Gulftimes here.
According to a post in Qatar Living, one of the new traffic violations and fines involving cyclists as part of the Qatar Traffic Law – Decree No. 19 of 2007 is:
“Cyclists must drive on the right side of the lane in a queue in case that there is no bicycles-specific lanes while motorbikes must drive on vehicles-specific lanes. It is prohibited to transfer passengers by a motorbike unless it is equipped with another suitable vehicle. Both cyclists and motorcyclists must wear helmets while driving. QR300”
Qatar doesn’t have dedicated cycling tracks yet, but there are talks of building one in the Industrial Area. Are you aware of any?