The Lagos State Government in collaboration with the Lagos Urban Development Initiative (LUDI) will on Sunday, September 25, 2022, observe the first ever ‘Car Free Day’.
This is to encourage road users and motorists to set aside their cars for a day and take up active and inclusive means of transport such as cycling and walking known as ‘Non-Motorised Transport’ (NMT).
Speaking on the initiative, the State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde said traffic would be diverted around Alausa/Ikeja to mark the event.
He explained that the aim of the programme is to create awareness about the benefits of Non-Motorised Transport, including reduced environmental pollution.
He said the initiative would also reduce sedentary behaviour to promote the health of the people regardless of their age.
The Commissioner cited the significant drop in air pollution recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, when movement was curtailed and many private cars and public vehicles were off the roads.
He maintained that it 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.
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 and smoky vehicles plying our roads on daily basis, causing not just health issues but visibility problems and sometimes accidents”, Oladeinde stated.
Oladeinde urged motorists to prepare to join the rest of the world in observing the Car Free Day.
Reporting by Omolara Omosanya; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu