Cycle Paths – cooled and shaded
From an article in Washcycle:
I bike along the NE Branch Trail which, for large sections, is completely devoid of tree cover. In the summer it can get quite stifling (among other problems) so naturally I got jealous when I found out about Qatar’s planned cooled bike path. It has a shaded canopy and misters.
Dubai is also developing a bike plan and they may use the same bike path plan.
Knowing a little bit about how the Sheik of Dubai gets things done, it will probably be the “best bike path system in the world.” I hope he takes such pride in it.
Tree cover is far better in my opinion, and this seems excessive; but after biking around Phoenix all last summer I can see how in a hot, dry climate it’s probably necessary (though not here in DC).
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.