The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Anambra, has called on Nigerians to embrace the use of bicycle as a means of transportation, saying that apart from being accident-free, bicycles are cheaper and healthy.
The Anambra Sector Commander of the Corps, Sunday Ajayi, made this call at the first World Bicycle Day in Awka on Tuesday.
NAN reports that Mr Ajayi, in the awareness ride, led a team of cyclists comprising officers of the Corps, government officials and professionals.
The sector commander said that it was time to reenact the transportation system that had helped human civilisation for ages.
According to him, apart from being cheaper than vehicles to acquire, bicycle is cheap to maintain and healthy for physical wellbeing of man and his environment.
The sector commander said it was due to the overwhelming benefits of bicycle that the United Nations met in 2017 and declared June 3 of every year as World Bicycle Day.
“Advanced countries have adopted bicycle transportation system as a matter of public health wellbeing and control of greenhouse effects of carbon emissions.
“We want our people to come back to the basics, cycling is good for the body and environment and economical to maintain.
“That is why we are raising the awareness again and calling on the Anambra Government to join us in this campaign to revive the culture of the use of bicycle as a means of transportation,” he said.
On his part, Uchenna Okafor, the Commissioner for Transport in Anambra, lauded the efforts of the FRSC at ensuring the safety of all on the roads in the state.
Mr Okafor said the initiative of the Corps to revive the use of bicycle as a means of transport, was a noble one, adding that the State Government would do everything necessary to make it succeed.
He said the State Government would henceforth make provision for cyclists in its roads design in order to protect users from automobile users.
The commissioner expressed concern about the number of automobiles, which had immensely affected the ecosystem negatively.
“This is a smart move, it will help us achieve better health for our people and save our environment,” he said.