The Lagos State Government says it is collaborating with the Lagos Urban Development Initiative (LUDI) to observe the first ever ‘Car Free Day’ in Lagos on Sunday.
News Agency of Nigeria
The Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, said this in a statement through the Deputy Director, Public Affairs Unit of the Ministry, Mrs. Bolanle Ogunlola, in Lagos on Friday.
He said that the initiative was to encourage road users and motorists to set aside their cars for a day.
Oladeinde said they were, on that day, encouraged to take up active and inclusive means of transport such as cycling and walking, known as Non-Motorized Transport (NMT).
“Traffic will be diverted around Alausa/Ikeja as cyclists will utilize Governor’s Office Road, through Mobolaji Johnson Ave, Billings Way, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Aromire, Adeniyi Jones, and Oba Akran Way for bicycle rides to mark the event.
“About 400 meters of Governor’s Avenue will be closed for the event.
“The initiative aims to create awareness about the benefits of Non-Motorised Transport, including reduced environmental pollution.
“The initiative will also reduce insufficient physical activity and sedentary behavior to promote the health of the people regardless of their ages,” Oladeinde said.
He cited the significant drop in air pollution recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns when movement was curtailed and many private cars and public vehicles were off the roads.
The commissioner said that this resulted in a reduction of vehicular carbon emissions into the atmosphere, thereby improving the quality of air, as well as an increase in physical exercise and improved health practices.
“Vehicular emissions have now become a global issue. In Nigeria as well as other developing countries, 25% of the air pollution problems are a result of automobile exhaust.
“This is very evident in the number of unroadworthy, smoky vehicles plying our roads on daily basis, causing not just health issues but visibility problems and sometimes accidents,” Oladeinde said.
He also mentioned that the event provides cities and governments the opportunity to do more in advancing public transport systems which could be run more efficiently through the provision of viable, reliable alternatives to cars in the urban areas.
The commissioner said that this could also be done by implementing Non-Motorised transport, whereby walking, cycling, and inclusive mobility was given priority.
Oladeinde said that the event was coordinated by the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation along with other Ministries, Departments, Agencies, and Lagos Urban Development Initiative.
He said that the event was necessary to continuously enlighten the citizenry on the importance of environmental health.
Oladeinde urged motorists to prepare to join the rest of the world in observing the Car Free Day, adding that hundreds of people were expected.
He urged participants to be at the Alausa, Ikeja venue where many fun and exciting activities such as cycling, cycling training, cycling competitions, skating, stretches, music, and dance would take place.
Oladeinde said that Lagos State Traffic Management Authority would work hand in hand with the Nigeria Police Force to manage vehicular movement on the diversion routes.
He pleaded with the motoring public to cooperate with the interventions put in place to minimize inconveniences.
Follow Our Activities On Facebook
10 hours ago
14 hours ago
#BigBrotherNaija “Level Up” Week 6
Though last Sunday Sunday was meant to be a “no-eviction” day, it came as a shocker when fake housemate, Modella…
Dating in 2022; Situationships Are Not For The Fainthearted
Situationships are defined as that space between a defined relationship and something other than a friendship. It is a romantic…
20 Questions With Dinta Media’s Visual Storyteller, Chimeremogo Nwoke
Dinta Media is not really just a media production brand but we like to see ourselves as a hub for…
How Are Nigeria’s Small Businesses Coping?
The current rising rate of inflation and other burdens against the Nigerian economy speaks to the realities of the times.
Thrifting Is All The Rave Now, Here’s Why
By Amy Adindu The affordable clothing movement has gained global attention and acceptance as we’re all trying to look like…
#BigBrotherNaija “Level Up” Week 2
Week 2 of the highly watched Nigerian TV show kicked off with an early plot twist. On Sunday, Big Brother…
#BlueTunes: Burna Boy, Omah Lay Top Album Picks For July
July was a promising month for music lovers; from Lizzo’s album titled Special and Imagine Dragons’ Mercury, (Acts 1 &…
#BlueTunes Album Picks For June
Gbagada Express – Boj Bolaji Odojukan, popularly known as BOJ, was raised both in England and Nigeria. He shot to…
“A Creative’s Dream” with Jeff Chinonso
On the 26th of June 2022, Jeff Chinonso hosted his first solo art exhibition. The Augmented Reality exhibition themed “A…
Nigerian API-based company Thepeer raises $2.1 million
Tech infrastructure startup Thepeer has raised a $2.1 million seed round according to a report from TechCabal. Thepeer, a Nigerian…
Dika Ofoma, Ugochukwu Onuoha take on grief in Debut Film “The Way Things Happen”
The twenty-minute film focuses on the loss of a loved one, and how grief changes a person.
Nigerian Startups might just be Crippled by a Recently Leaked bill
Over the years there has been talks of amendment on the 2007 Act of the National Information & Technology Agency (NITDA).
Why We Love Kelechi Amadi Obi
The definition of talent is Kelechi Amadi’s iconic story. Imagine a person who studies law in school, gets called to Bar, and leaves it all for something different and unrelated…Painting!