Recently, at the end of the National Council on Transportation (NCOT) in Sokota, the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi disclosed that the Federal Republic of Nigeria has agreed to regard bicycle traveling as a form of transportation in Abuja - the capital city of Nigeria and also carried out a pilot project to motivate other cities across the country to build lanes for bicycles.
He explained that NCOT was a council that shaped policy. This time, the council chooses Abuja to run the pilot project because it is the only city that has bicycle lanes in Nigeria. If other states want to follow Abuja, infrastructure need to be improved first.
Using bicycles as vehicles of transportation would reduce traffic jam and also promote better health for riders
According to him, using bicycles as vehicles of transportation would reduce traffic jam and also promote better health for riders. Any other states can start their own project now. However, they must ensure that they have bicycle lanes otherwise there mioght be an increase in the number of accidents. Mr. Amaechi also noted that the project of bicycle traveling in cities was no strange. This was implemented in some countries such as China and UK.
The Minister considered the project as an investment and stated that it was also expected to help decrease the number of road s Nigerian cities.