One of the joyous and memorable moments of parenthood comes when you remove the training wheels, and watch your child take to two wheels for the first time. Better still, this is just the start of many experiences your family will share on bicycles.
On this page, you’ll find ideas for what you can do to get your family active by bike in Qatar.
Ride on a Real Motor Racing Circuit
Lusail International circuit, situated a short distance north of Doha, opens its doors to cyclists, runners, walkers and roller-bladers on Tuesday (ladies and children only) and Wednesday evenings between October and June. It is not available when the track is in use for racing so be sure to check their events calendar.
The 5.3km flood-lit circuit is a challenge relished by the younger rider while, for the rest of the family, it offers a workout in a safe environment. Bicycles are available to hire and there is a café where you can hang out while waiting for the fittest family members to finish their ride.
Cycle to the Zoo or the Airport
You’ll see new cycle paths appearing all over Qatar. Not all are fully connected yet but why not get out and explore what’s available in your neighbourhood?
Family favourites include the cycle path leading from C-Ring starting here and continuing all the way out to Hamad International Airport. The route is landscaped and planted and after dark, the coloured lights on the expressway make this an extra special trip.
Another kid-friendly adventure leads from this spot close to the Ash-Shahaniya camel race track. A few kilometers of riding takes you to the Al Dossari Zoo and Game Reserve but the cycle path extends over 30km northwards through Qatar’s interior for a longer day out.
With kilometer after kilometer of dedicated cycle path appearing beside the Shamal and Al Khor roads, exploring Qatar by bike is becoming ever more family friendly.
Put Your Skills on Show
Doha Festival City Mall is enclosed by a 2.7km cycling track which includes optional skills sections such as pump track, rock garden and rollers. These are great for developing cycling ability and, most importantly, they are great fun. You’ll go round once, then twice, then three times and the kids will still be crying out for One more time!