The number of pedestrian bridges in Dubai will reach over 100 by 2012, up from 40 by the end of 2009, according to a senior Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) official.

Part of Dubai Pedestrian Safety and Mobility Action Plan launched by RTA at the end of 2008, the plan is aimed at creating a safe walking culture.

The plan’s three-year target is to cut pedestrian accidents by 30% and increase pedestrian traffic by 20% by 2012, according to

The number of pedestrian bridges was 22 at the end of 2008 and 16 in 2007.

According to RTA statistics, pedestrian fatalities fell by 27% from 145 in 2007 to 106 in 2008 and to 70 in 2009 as a result of new pedestrian bridges and zebra crossings equipped with signals.