The Director of Road Transport and Mass Transit Administration, Musa Ibrahim, has urged Nigerians to embrace the use of bicycles to reduce road crashes.
Ibrahim made the call at a one-day stakeholders sensitization meeting held in Abuja on Wednesday. He said that the use of bicycles would help to reduce the number of road accidents, as well as improve air quality and promote physical activity.
The meeting was held in conjunction with the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), which has designated June 3 as World Bicycle Day. The theme for World Bicycle Day 2023 is “Riding Together for a Sustainable Future.”
Ibrahim said that the use of bicycles is a sustainable form of transportation that can help to reduce traffic congestion and pollution. He also noted that cycling can improve health and fitness, and can help to reduce poverty.
The stakeholders sensitization meeting was attended by representatives from government agencies, bicycle advocacy groups, and the private sector. The meeting discussed the benefits of cycling and ways to promote its use in Nigeria.
Ibrahim said that the government is committed to promoting the use of bicycles, and that he hopes that more Nigerians will choose to cycle instead of driving. He said that the government is working to improve infrastructure for cyclists, and that it is also providing financial incentives to encourage people to cycle.
The stakeholder’s sensitization meeting was a positive step towards promoting the use of bicycles in Nigeria. It is hoped that the meeting will lead to increased awareness of the benefits of cycling, and that it will encourage more Nigerians to choose to cycle instead of driving.