Challenge #6 ~ Walking & Biking

Read the blog post on the April Theme – TRANSPORTATION

Walking and biking in Doha can be tricky – not just because of the heat and dust but also because of limited infrastructure that would allow us to get to places safely and faster than by car, let alone less stressed. During the 2012 London Olympics, smart digital signage was used for wayfinding, giving directions based on demand or relevance to enhance the visitor experience. This innovative wayfinding invites people to walk and bike, stress-free, along tree-lined paths away from traffic exhaust – a genius and impressive transportation strategy to create more vital and connected cities – and helps us break through our ‘mental maps’ associated with roads and traffic as the only way to navigate a city.

Interestingly, a serious cycling community already exists in Qatar. So it is possible. Qatar Cycling & Triathlon Federation was established in 2001 by His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani (now the Emir of Qatar), in his role as Chairman of the Qatar National Olympic Committee, and Qatar Chain Reaction is a cycling group that supports training and racing for recreational riders.

Opportunities to adjust our modes of transportation to walking, biking, or even public transport are becoming a sure reality in Doha. The red, gold and green metro lines are about to open and new roads are increasingly constructed with walking and biking paths alongside vehicular traffic lanes, making alternative transportation possible, helping residents of Qatar to live more happy, healthy and sustainable lives and to put Qatar on the map of pedestrian-friendly cities of the future to decarbonize in lead-up to the first ever carbon-neutral 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

If you drive a 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser, a 20km return trip 5 days per week creates:

  • 37 kg of GHG per week
  • 160 kg GHG per month
  • 8.3 tonnes GHG per year

Just twice per week, walk 2km to your destination, and 2km back, saving over half a tonne of greenhouse gases (GHG) per year!

Sources

  1. US Environmental Protection Agency: Greenhouse Gas Emissions from a Typical Passenger Vehicle https://www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/greenhouse-gas-emissions-typical-passenger-vehicle. Accessed 23 Feb 2019
  2. US Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy https://fueleconomy.gov. (Select your own car on this website to see more about your own car.) Accessed 23 Feb 2019