Following the United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/72/272 of 12 April 2018, declaring 3 June as the World Bicycle Day, the Director of the UN information Centre (UNIC) Nigeria, Mr. Ronald Kayanja has urged all the State Governments in Nigeria to integrate bicycle corridor into city transport infrastructure planning and design. “This will protect and promote safety of pedestrians and cycling mobility, with a view to improving health, particularly the prevention of injuries and non-communicable diseases amongst the people,” he explained.
Mr Kayanja made this remark on Saturday, 2 June 2018 in Lagos, during the observance of the World Bicycle Day organised by UNIC and Cycology Cycling club. He emphasised and advocated for the use of the bicycle as a means of fostering sustainable development, strengthening education, including physical education, for children and young people, promoting health, preventing disease, promoting tolerance, mutual understanding and respect and facilitating social inclusion and a culture of peace.
Addressing over fifty male and female cyclists who have gathered for the flag-off at the Ikoyi Office of UNIC, Mr Kayanja further said that “Cycling empowers people. Cycling promotes peace and development, Cycling promotes good health and wellbeing. Cycling will reduce urban transport emissions if encouraged in the cities. Cycling is an enabler of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”
The Director noted that the General Assembly resolution on the World Bicycle Day was in acknowledgment of the uniqueness, longevity and versatility of the bicycle, “which has been in use for two centuries, and that it is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation, fostering environmental stewardship and health.”
He added that the commemorative event of 2 June might probably be the first in the world because “tomorrow, 3 June is the actual day and we are probably the only one marking the day on 2 June.”
Speaking, the Captain of Cycology Cycling Club, Ms Bimpe Olufemi, commended the United Nations for declaring every 3rd June as the World Cycling Day. This she said, would encourage people to imbibe the culture of cycling which will further enhance the wellbeing of the people. However, she called for infrastructural development that would make cycling safe and enjoyable.
The UN Resolution on World Bicycle Day among others, “Invites all Member States and all other relevant stakeholders to cooperate in observing World Bicycle Day, to celebrate the Day and to promote awareness of it”; and “Encourages Member States to devote particular attention to the bicycle in cross-cutting development strategies and to include the bicycle in international, regional, national and subnational development policies and programmes, as appropriate”.