Lagos to observe Car Free Day on Sunday


On Sunday, the Lagos State Government will collaborate with the Lagos Urban Development Initiative (LUDI) to mark the city’s first ever “Car Free Day.”

On Friday in Lagos, the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, issued a statement through the Deputy Director of the Ministry’s Public Affairs Unit, Mrs. Bolanle Ogunlola.

He said that the project’s goal was to get drivers and other people who use roads to stop using them for a day.

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Non-motorized transport (also known as non-motorized transportation) is a term used to describe active and inclusive modes of transportation, such as cycling and walking, which Oladeinde stated were encouraged on that day (NMT).

“Traffic will be rerouted around Alausa/Ikeja while cyclists ride on Governor’s Office Road, Mobolaji Johnson Avenue, Billings Way, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Aromire, Adeniyi Jones, and Oba Akran Way to mark the event.

“For the event, approximately 400 meters of Governor’s Avenue will be closed.

“The purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness of the advantages of non-motorized transport, such as less environmental pollution.

“The effort will also reduce inactivity and sedentary behavior, which will improve the health of people of all ages,” Oladeinde said.

During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, when people were not allowed to move around and many private and public vehicles were taken off the road, air pollution went down a lot.

The commissioner stated that this resulted in a decrease in carbon emissions from vehicles, improving air quality, as well as an increase in physical activity and better health practices.

“Vehicle emissions are currently a global concern. 25% of air pollution problems in Nigeria and other developing countries are caused by automotive exhaust.

“This is evident in the number of unroadworthy, smoky automobiles that traverse our roads on a daily basis, causing not only health issues but also visibility issues and, on occasion, accidents,” Oladeinde said.

He also said that the event gives cities and governments a chance to improve their public transportation systems, which could be run more efficiently by giving people in cities reliable alternatives to cars.

The commissioner stated that this might also be accomplished through the implementation of non-motorized transport, which prioritizes walking, cycling, and inclusive mobility.

Oladeinde said that the event was planned by the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation and other Ministries, Departments, Agencies, and the Lagos Urban Development Initiative.

He said that the event was needed to keep teaching people about how important environmental health is.

Oladeinde urged vehicles to get ready to celebrate Car Free Day with the rest of the world, noting that hundreds of participants were expected.

He invited participants to be present at the Alausa, Ikeja site, where several enjoyable and entertaining activities, including cycling, cycling training, cycling contests, skating, stretches, music, and dancing, would take place.

Oladeinde said that the Nigeria Police Force and the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority would work together to handle traffic on the detour routes.

He begged the motorists to cooperate with the measures implemented to minimize disruptions.

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