World Car Free Day: Non-motorised transportation, LASG plans to construct Infrastructure


The Lagos State Government has made known its plans on the construction of infrastructure to ensure the smooth implementation of the Non-Motorized Transport (NMT) in the state.

The plan was unfolded by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, during the maiden edition of “Car Free Day”, held on Sunday at Governor’s Road, Alausa, Lagos.

The Governor said Lagos State, being the centre of excellence, had begun to embrace NMT because of its environmental and economic benefits.

He further said that in the ongoing  plans to construct some of the terminals walking, cycling, skating and other small wheeled forms of transportation that would encourage the citizenry to embrace NMT were put into consideration.

Sanwo-olu said that his administration was working hard to make transportation more effective, efficient and sustainable.

He said the  provision of infrastructure, policy, and institutional reforms were part of his administrations effort to curb the looming dangers of the climate change.

The governor who was represented by the State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, explained that the Car Free Day gives the state an opportunity  to appraise the state of its road network.

 Sanwo-Olu said that Car Free Day was marked to create an innovative way of making Non Motorised Transportation equitable, effective and sustainable in the State.

He said that the celebration in the state would create a paradigm shift in the culture needed for the transformation of the city of Lagos.

 Oladeinde, speaking    in his capacity as Transportion commissioner reassured that the infrastructure to support NMT would be put in place to ensure seamless movement for the commuting public.

Oladeinde said that the decision was important as transportation was the biggest culprit of carbon emissions affecting the environment negatively.

“The bicycles lanes will be created for Cyclists on the road to encourage the use of bicycles which would benefit the public.

“This is by ensuring pollution-free environments, road safety and improved health for every individual, regardless of their ages,” he said.

The commissioner said that the ministry of transportation was working with physical planning to pilot the Non Motorised Transport Policy and sustain it.

The Managing Director, Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) Mrs Abimbola Akinajo, said the first phase implementation of the Lagos Sidewalk Pilot Project had been concluded on Catholic Mission Street/Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS).

Akinajo, represented by Mr Osa Konyeha, said the completion of the sidewalk had enhanced walking access to St. Nicholas Hospital, Kings College, and Lagos High Court.

The managing director said that it also enhanced walking access to Federal Court of Appeal and Tafawa Balewa Square, which is home to a multi-storey office/shopping complex and one of the major Origin-Destinations.

Akinajo said that plans were underway to implement a cycling pilot project that would traverse Eti-Osa Local Government and Ikoyi-Obalende Local Council Development Area (LCDA).

She said: “The Design Review Sub-Committee has conducted site visits and prepared a preliminary design.

“I believe this will be discussed extensively with all key stakeholders at the next quarterly meeting.

“I want to affirm that LAMATA is committed to executing a network of walking and cycling routes to implement a transport system.

” This is to improve the lifestyle of the people and improve the economic competitiveness of Lagos.”

Also speaking, the representative of the Lagos Urban Development Initiative (LUDI), Mr Yinka Jones, maintained that the level of pollution in the state was increasing due to motorised activities.

Jones encouraged all to play their parts in reducing pollution in the state by embracing Non- Motorised Transportation.

Mrs Temitope George, representing Cycology, one of the NGOs that collaborated with the state to organise the event, said the essence of Car Free Day was to awaken the consciousness of residents.

George said ot was to awaken them to the fact that there were alternative modes of transportation apart from the car.

She said that other means of transport were  the Non-Motorised means of commuting, revealing that her NGO had earlier spear-headed the “share the road” campaign in collaboration with LAMATA.

George explained that the “Share the road” campaign was aimed at sensitising the motorised road users that the road furniture was for everyone.

“I am calling on the state government to continue its inclusive infrastructure that will ensure cyclists, bikers, skaters and other Non-Motorised road users  co-habit safely,” she said.

A member of African Cycling Federation (ACF), Mr Dennis Kange, said that the rate of air pollution and road crashes in the state called for concern.

He re-emphasised the need to create more awareness about the social and environmental benefits of Non-Motorized Transport modes.

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