This is an amazing project. Doha will get a 35 km mist cooled, covered network of cycling paths in 2007. It’s almost unbelievable.
Streetsblog Â» Mist-Cooled Bike Paths Being Built in Qatar:
The ruler of Qatar, Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani wants to get his people riding bicycles. One of the challenges in accomplishing this goal is the fact that, for much of the year, Qatar is hotter than a blast furnace.
Fortunately, when you’ve got a pannier full of oil money, 115 degree daytime temperatures are no big deal. The Emir hired the Rand Corporation and Rand proposed a 30 kilometer shaded, solar-powered, mist-cooled bike path. The Emir gave the green light and with no cumbersome democratic processes to get in the way the project sailed through to approval
One thing that caught my eye was that this project was proposed by the Rand corporation, a US think tank which is often connected to military and national security research. Very interesting that they came up with such a ‘green’ idea.
I will be visiting Qatar for the first time next month. I am actually quite excited to visit this little country which is doing so much to put itself on the world stage.
Listen to this podcast about the project.
[Hat tip: Cycling Jordan]