FIC Report (Abia State) – The globe marked World Bicycling Day, the Matron of the Cycling Federation of Nigeria and First Lady of Abia State, Dr. Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu, has called on Nigerians to adopt Cycling as a safe means of transport that has health benefits for the rider and does not cause pollution.
Speaking at Cycling rally organised by the Federal Road Safety Corps on Umuahia to mark World Bicycle Day today, Mrs. Ikpeazu revealed that she has been riding bicycles since she was 6 years old and can attest to it numerous gains for the body including stamina and cardiovascular benefits.
She commended the Federal Road Safety Corps for promoting riding as a means of mass transit as it also would reduce road traffic accidents if well organised.
Mrs. Ikpeazu demonstrated by riding, the importance and health benefits of cycling.
She urged government at all levels and civil society organizations to sensitize the public on the benefits of cycling adding that it reduces many kinds of sicknesses.
Also speaking, the Sector Commander FRSC, Mr. Paul Ugwu, said that the World Cycling Day is a day set aside to promote the use of bicycle as alternative means of transportation thereby helping to reduce the extent of crashes on the road and reducing carbon emissions.
He said the FRSC collaborated to embark on the Cycling Demonstration Rally through the streets of the city with Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu because as First Lady of Abia, she has shown tremendous interest in promoting cycling, safety and health of Abia residents.
He called for government to fully integrate bicycle lanes in all road construction and enforce the compliance so that other road users and vehicles will give right of way to people on bicycles.
In his remarks, the Eastern Zonal Coordinator, Cycling Association of Nigeria, Dr. Ezebunwa Ubani, said that the World Cycling Day is an important event that should be taken seriously to promote physical fitness and to reduce emissions in the society.
He commended the Wife of Abia Governor for her immense support to Cycling Federation sponsoring several bicycle rallies and local competitions which has earned her an award as the Matron of the National Association of Cycling Federation in the Country.