FRSC Asks Nigerians To Embrace Cycling For Healthy Living

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Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) corps marshal, Malam Shehu Mohammed, has urged Nigerians to embrace cycling for healthy living and transportation.

Mohammed gave the advice yesterday when he addressed newsmen in Abuja to mark the 6th edition of the United Nations World Bicycle Day.

He said the FRSC had provided LEADERSHIP on the subject since 2010, adding that the corps would continue to uphold the cause while streamlining the objectives with policies and programs for maximum impact.

He also said that the corps has reviewed the Nigeria Highway Code to reflect this new approach to a safe and sustainable transport system, which has been witnessed worldwide.

He added that advocacy had also been adequately captured in the Nigerian Road Safety Strategy II, 2021-2039, as approved by President Bola Tinubu.

This, he said, included all legal and regulatory documents, which where were being aligned to ensure that cyclists could ride safely on the roads.

According to him, the motoring public should, therefore, be reminded that we shall continue to enforce the provisions of the law, including the protection of the rights of cyclists.

”Without mincing words, no mode of transport promotes the culture of serenity, orderliness, friendly neighbourhood and urban peace as the bicycle.

“It is the only individual means of mobility fit for all residents irrespective of age, gender and class.

“We hereby emphasise the use of bicycles as a panacea for promoting health, preventing disease, promoting tolerance with a sense of community, mutual understanding and respect and facilitating social inclusion”, he said.

The FRSC boss implored relevant authorities to create enabling road features and an environment that would aid stakeholders and the general motoring public in advancing bicycle use.

He assured that the corps would continue to champion the course in solidarity with the United Nations’ objectives and the desire of all safe and sustainable transport enthusiasts worldwide.

Mohammed cautioned cyclists to remain vigilant and assume responsibility for safe roadway cycling.

He also admonished the motoring public to treat cyclists with the same precautions and respect accorded any other vehicle on the roads.

He further assured that the renewed hope of scaling road traffic administration and safety management in Nigeria would endure.

“Roads must be safe to unleash the pore of cycling and encourage riders to have buy in.

“The corps responds to this concern by pledging to continue using the powerful and effective advocacy tool to get the desired change.

“We will not relent in bridging the gaps to ensure cycling is a shining priority and gets appropriate attention”, he added.

Similarly, Mr Emmanuel John, president of African Urban Cycling Organisation, said that since World Bicycle Day in 2018, the group has been resolute and committed to promoting the use of bicycles to eradicate poverty.

John said that the organisation was also committed to furthering sustainable environment and development and strengthening education. (NAN)


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