By Omolara Akintoye
Lagos State Government through the Office of Public Private Partnerships, (OPPP), in conjunction with Messrs AWABIKE Ltd is set to pilot a Environmentally/health- friendly non- motorized transport initiative tagged “Bike Share Scheme”, with Alausa Secretariat being one of the proposed pilot locations.
In a statement issued by the Director General Mr. Ope George at the PPP office in Lagos, the project entails a service in which bikes are made available for shared use to individuals on a short term basis for a token fee without incurring the costs and responsibilities associated with ownership.
He opined that “urbanization has reached unprecedented advanced stage in Lagos State, leading to traffic congestion; hence; there is need to work out modalities of easing traffic in the metropolis.”
The Director General stated that the introduction of the Bike Share Scheme is in line with Lagos State Government’s T.H.E.M.E.S agenda to achieve a transport scheme which is environmentally friendly and affordable to road users.
The BIKE SHARE SCHEME, the Director-General said, will reduce carbon emission and provide a good form of body exercise thereby promoting fitness, while also improving wellness and stimulating good health and longevity for users.
He stated that the transport solution addresses Goals 3, 11, 13 and 15 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, stressing that the BIKE SHARE SCHEME project is in fulfillment of the Babajide Sanwo-olu administration’s Smart City Initiative.