Within the olden days, apart from the usage of animals akin to donkeys, camels and horses for transportation and/or carriage facilitator, some nicely to do people made use of Bicycles for his or her motion from one level to a different. There could also be one or two people who has the sources to purchase bicycle at the moment in a village.
Nevertheless, when civilisation got here, the utilization of bicycle as pleasure journey was thrown into the wind because of the truth that it was not as quick as the brand new invention – the motor automotive. Amenities loved in a automotive aren’t accessible in any bicycle akin to the dimensions which makes provision for greater than 1 or 2 individuals on board. It has roof that gives shelter from each the solar and the rain of their seasons. It is publicity to threat akin to accidents can be minimal as in comparison with the bicycle that’s open to plenty of hazards.
Visitors congestion on our roads the place Lagos residents are subjected to visitors jams for minimal of two hours each within the mornings on their technique to places of work/markets/outlets and when returning within the evenings leaves a lot to be desired. In an try to arrest the ugly state of affairs, the state authorities determined to create devoted lanes on main roads throughout the state, procured new state-of-the-art luxurious buses that take passengers from one spot to the opposite with the journey duly regulated, leading to a visit from Ketu to CMS terminals, for instance not taking greater than 30minutes on the common. Up to now, the federal government has recorded some successes with this innovation however there’s nonetheless extra to be completed as a result of we nonetheless expertise critical visitors on the non-dedicated lanes and this requires critical pondering on the best way out. All fingers have to be on deck.
The following space I would love the federal government to look into is the potential for encouraging Lagosians to start out utilizing bicycle as a method of transportation within the state with the attendant advantages to each the bodily and the financial features of our being.
Nevertheless, as obtainable with each enterprise/course of/endeavour in life with benefits that should have disadvantages, bicycle as a method of transportation in our city cities regardless of its publicity to unintentional dangers on highways and/or intra-ways has plenty of benefits that far out methods the disadvantages. They are often categorized into bodily/well being, financial and environmental advantages.
Bodily/Well being Profit
The bodily advantages of bicycle as a method of transportation in our city cities may very well be within the type of bodily health. For the truth that many of the bicycles used on this a part of the world are operated by hand, it serves as a type of train for the rider the place pointless fat are burnt off the physique, thereby guaranteeing that he/she is bodily match. This additional extends to the soundness of the thoughts and soul. A wholesome thoughts will probably be ever-ready to discharge any assigned obligation successfully and effectively because of his bodily and psychological health.
1. The financial system of any state is assured by the effectiveness and effectivity of the service supply inside varied organs of its system. Wherever there’s time wastage, such financial system loses some huge cash. Bicycle as a method of transportation will guarantee that there’s little or no visitors jam on our roads; folks will be capable to execute their enterprise plans with out stress on the roads as has been skilled for a lot of a long time with hundreds of motor autos are heading in the direction of the identical place on the similar time.
2. The acquisition price of a bicycle is much cheaper and inexpensive than price of proudly owning a motor automotive. It’s equally extra economical to take care of a bicycle than a motor automotive. In the identical useless, there is a chance for folks in decrease class to personal a mobility engine/machine akin to bicycle extra readily than proudly owning a motor automotive which facilitate their motion in and across the metropolis.
3. Bicycle house owners shouldn’t have to fret over fueling extra particularly when there’s gas shortage.
4. Bicycles require little or no critical upkeep as in comparison with motor automobiles that want periodic engine tuning and servicing not less than twice or thrice a 12 months.
5. Areas occupied by bicycles are so minimal that 8 to 10 bicycles may very well be parked in an area that may take a motor automotive (i.e. an area of about 7.2m2). This extra folks transacting enterprise within the metropolis of Lagos with out being anxious of the right way to get transport again to their locations on the finish of the day.
6. Kids aren’t ignored of this countless record of advantages in that oldsters may afford to purchase them bicycles with out a lot pressure on their purses. They’re allowed entry to the roads even earlier than attaining the age of 18 years (allowed by legislation to drive a motor automotive) beneath shut monitoring of the mother and father.
Using bicycles on our roads will forestall the uncontrollable emission of carbon monoxide, CO from hundreds of autos plying our roads on every day foundation. This toxic fuel is harmful to the well being of our folks and has at all times been contributing to the excessive mortality charge of the society. The identical goes for the impact of the CO on the Ozone Layer within the sky.
TO DO LIST
So as to obtain success within the system being proposed, the Lagos State Authorities has to place some measures in place that may deal with the inherent hazards with using bicycles on our roads. The advantages, although quite a few and believable will develop into naught if the Authorities refuses to make sure the next:
1. As obtainable with the BRT lanes which can be devoted to Authorities buses on most of our main roads, authorities ought to create devoted lanes for the usage of bicycle riders to keep away from collision with motor autos.
2. Authorities ought to enact legal guidelines imposing cyclists to put on Crash Helmets earlier than embarking on any journey with their bicycles.
3. Enforcement of the “proper of manner” part of the Visitors code to make sure that different street customers obey the code on our “round-abouts” and “junctions” always.
Given the above, Lagos roads will probably be very protected to journey and we will all be proud to be a part of the Lagos storey. Then, Lagos will probably be a state of LONGEVITY AND GOOD HEALTH.
Eko o ni baje oooooooooooooo!