Gombe FRSC canvasses bicycles use for healthy living

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The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Gombe State Command, Dr Godwin Omiko, has urged Nigerians to consider bicycle riding as a means of improving their personal health as well as dealing with traffic congestion.

He made the call on Monday during the second edition of the United Nations Bicycle Day with the theme: ‘Cycling for healthy lifestyle’.

Omiko said, “This began last year after a declaration by the UN General Assembly on the need to commemorate June 3 as the World Bicycle Day, with bicycle noted as a clean reliable, affordable, durable and environmentally friendly means of transportation.

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“It is a global holiday meant to be enjoyed by all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and class.

“It facilitates the culture of peace and friendship. It promotes a healthy lifestyle for those with type 1 & 2 diabetes. It serves as health care and sports.

“The synergy between the user and the bicycle fosters creativity, as it gives the user an immediate awareness of the local environment.

“Bicycle is a symbol of sustainable transportation as it has no negative impact on the environment; it promotes mutual understanding, combats diseases and facilitates social inclusion and a culture of peace.”

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The highlight of the event was the participation of cyclists from the National Youth Service Corps, special marshals and FRSC officials, who rode to the Ministry of Transportation.

They were received by a representative of the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Holen Amidu.

While expressing gratitude to the sector commander for championing safety on Gombe roads, Amidu said, “We have observed some deficiencies in the provision of our transport infrastructure; as you said, we don’t have cycling tracks and pedestrian crossings.

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“We will put that into consideration and form a cycling club. Research shows that exercise reduces by 50 per cent our health challenges.”

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