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FRSC Urges Nigerians To Ride Bicycle To Reduce Carbon-monoxide

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ENUGU– The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has urged Nigerians to inculcate the habit of always riding bicycles to reduce carbon-monoxide and traffic congestion on all roads in the country.

The Sector Commander of FRSC Enugu State Command, Mr Joseph Toby, made the call on Friday while declaring open a 5-kilometre cycling ride within Enugu metropolis to commemorate the World Bicycle Day 2022.

Toby noted that bicycle riding totally eliminates the emission of carbon-monoxide into the atmosphere; thus reducing the greenhouse effect and promoting the Sustainable Development Goals – Goal 13.

According to him, riding bicycles help in reducing traffic crashes and thus enhancing the realization of FRSC 2022 Strategic Goal (Goal 1), which is to accomplish 15 per cent reduction in Road Traffic Crash fatality.

“Bicycle is affordable, reliable and simple to use. It reduces the cost of maintaining city roads and ensures cleaner cities,” he said.

The commander said that the command would continue to incorporate the use of bicycles as the best alternative to carbon-monoxide laden automobiles in its outreach, education and awareness.

“Today the world is faced with the challenges of global warming; environmental degradation/pollution as well as increase in poor health conditions as a result of traffic congestion and its attendant carbon-monoxide evasion as well as sedentary lifestyles.

“It has become imperative that we adopt the option of Non-Motorized Transportation to heal the earth and improve the health of all humans.

“As Command will continue to carry out sensitisation and education along this line,” he said.

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The 5-kilometre bicycle ride, carried out by officers, special marshals and regular marshals of the Command, took-off from the FRSC State Command’s headquarters in Works Road in Enugu.

They covered Enugu-Abakaliki Road then passed through Ebeano Tunnel down to Ogui Road and stopped at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu and returned through the same routes to the FRSC State Command’s headquarters.

The World Bicycle Day is commemorated every June 3, as stipulated by the United Nations, to draw awareness on the importance of bicycles to mobility, human health and creating friendly relationships among road users world-wide.

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