THE Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) is set to introduce bicycle lanes on roads within the Abuja metropolis.
A statement released by the Director of Information and Communication, Muhammad Sule, on Sunday, June 4, said the Permanent Secretary of the FCTA, Olusade Adesola, disclosed this at an event held to mark the 2023 World Bicycle Day in Abuja, on Saturday, June 3.
The permanent secretary noted that the bicycle lanes were already captured in the Abuja Masterplan.
“We need to develop them. This move will deepen the campaign to reduce the effect of climate change; emissions will be reduced if cycling is encouraged,” Adesola said.
He described cycling as an enjoyable and physically beneficial sport which should be encouraged and promoted.
”As a people, we need to imbibe the culture of riding bicycles, both as a sport, exercise and means of transportation,” he added.
“The benefits of cycling are enormous. It can improve heart health and strengthen the limbs.”
Following the declaration by President Bola Tinubu that subsidy is gone, queues resurfaced at filing stations nationwide while the fuel pump price and cost of transportation almost tripled.
FRSC advises Nigerians to adopt bicycles as alternative means of transportation
Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has advised Nigerians to embrace the use of bicycles as alternative means of transportation, now that fuel subsidy has been removed.
The FRSC also said that carbon emissions to the atmosphere by vehicles would also be drastically reduced when Nigerians rely more on bicycles.
Oyo State Sector Commander of the FRSC, Joshua Adekanye, gave the advise during the celebration of the World Bicycle Day in Ibadan on Saturday.
“Use of bicycle is economically cheap because the cost of a bicycle is not as expensive as using a car or motorcycle,” he said.