The Ministry of Transportation has announced that the National Council on Transportation has endorsed `bicycle riding’ project, as a means of transportation in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi told journalists at the end of the National Council on Transportation on Monday in Sokoto.
Amechi assured that the commencement of bicycles use as a means of transportation would reduce congestion on the road and also improve the health of the riders.
He expresed, “National Council on Transportation is a policy making Council, if nothing else; we approved that we should do a pilot project on bicycle riding in FCT. This is because Abuja is the only city that has facility for bicycle riding.
“For other states who want to do it, we must provide facility before they can proceed with it; we want to separate them from the roads because some motorists are impatient. So, we decided that we do it in Abuja because if you check, nearly all the roads in Abuja, there are lanes for bicycle.
“Any other state that wants to go ahead can do that but they must provide lanes for bicycle so that we do not have numerous accidents.”
He said that using bicycles as a means of transportation was not new adding that countries including in China, UK and others already using it.