The Federal Ministry of Works has been called upon to as a matter of urgency develop a national urban roads design manual.

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This call was made recently by the President, Africa Urban Cycling Organization/Vice President, World Cycling Alliance, Engr. Emmanuel John, at the 6th World Bicycle Day held in Abuja.

According to the official, “this is not the same as the National Highway Design Manual and cannot be replaced with the Highway design manual. It will specify mandatory provision of walking and cycling lanes and complementary facilities for all urban roads which speed exceed 30km per hour”.

He also called on the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Barrister Ezenwo Nyisom Wike to provide the lead by recovering bicycle lanes on all arterials and higher road corridors in Abuja
as provided for in the Master plan.

Engr. John also called on the FCT Minister to include cycling in the light rails and other public transport developments, providing cycle parking facilities in all rail and bus terminals,
public building, markets and office premises, while also calling on state Governors to do like wise.

He also spoke on the rescheduling of some activities, now as follows:
A National Stakeholder’s Awareness Workshop/ National Cycling draft Policy
Validation holding on 13th June, 2024 at Novare Hall, 2nd Floor, Shoprite Building, Wuse Zone 5, Abuja, at 9am.

National Cycling Mass Rally and 3rd Capital City Cycling Championship, holding on 15th June, 2024, take off Point is Ahmadu Bellow Way by Federal
Secretariat Behind Eagles Square at 7am.

It would be recalled that on April 12, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 3 as World Bicycle Day.

By the resolution, world leaders recognizes “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 transport.”