A Bike Master Plan (BMP) is the foundation of a successful Bicycle Friendly Community. It serves as a comprehensive planning document which typically stands as framework timeline for communities on a 5-, 10-, 20-, or 30-year course to develop set, objectives, as benchmarks, performance measures and to identify responsible agencies for suggested bike initiatives. A BMP may also suggest policy changes to help support bicycling. In the end, it is ideal to have all five “Es” addressed in the plan; engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation, so that bicycling is consistently addressed as a safe and viable transportation option.

Communities throughout the country should develop BMPs to help lay the foundation for bicycle infrastructure and initiatives. It has proven to be a valuable resource to help build relationships between community organizations and local officials, encourage compromise, increase cooperation, build consensus, and create a public and transparent process for bicycle progress. A case study is the Minneapolis Bike Master Plan, a model plan. The plan started with a recommendation from Access Minneapolis, a 10-year transportation plan that addresses a full range of transportation options and issues. One of the six components of the plan should be for the city to develop a bicycle master plan. The actual drafting of the Nigeria’s master plan begins with the adoption of this blue print by the government and to undergo timely modification in-line with international road traffic rules and best practice subject to public review and commendation that will be forwarded to the city council for approval and implementation.

Effembe Essien Etim, the Director General and Mr. Bicycle League of Bicyclists Nigeria believes it will be completed and passed by the council soon as it is earns the state’s endorsement on filling, 2015.

It is all about making sure we are covering all the different Es – just as you need to have a well- balanced diet to stay healthy, you need to have a well-balanced plan to make a successful Bicycle Friendly Community. It is better to take a bit longer and get it right than having to do it again in another couple of years. One of the key objectives is to create regional equity connecting various part of the city that typically get overlooked and underfunded. Another key factor in developing the plan is the cooperation with the Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC). The advocate community has a lot more buy-in because they were have a big role to play in biking development, also making the plan more balanced and appealing to the public.
Mr. Bicycle emphasizes the importance of working with the BAC. We will use the BAC as sort of a clearing house of the public comments. Cooperation, compromise and willingness to work with others as a key component of a successful plan. The plan as organized by Mr. Bicycle with much volunteer effort through the BAC offering excellent ways to keep costs down. The BAC will organize and will respond well to the need for input and feedbacks. The Committee will create subcommittees to research and assist certain tasks, information to be synthesized by the community to create a comprehensive look at current and future bicycle infrastructure and policies within Nigerian states.

Having a BMP enables a community to effectively and efficiently communicate the needs of bicyclists, establish guidelines, and set priorities. Each community is unique and so too is their approach to creating a BMP.
Some hire independent consultants to help create the plan and determine what is needed for a comprehensive and accessible bicycle network; others use internal staff or volunteers such as a BAC. Others use a combination of any of the three approaches. What is important when creating a BMP is that it results in a clear set of recommendations that will make the community more bicycles friendly. Partnership is critical, if the BMP is not written in consultation with local government, transportation officials, local advocacy groups, and other area stakeholders, the plan will be of little use. The BMP end result is not only a valuable resource but the process of its creation is invaluable. Along the way there will be beneficial partnerships created that will assist throughout the implementation of the plan and beyond. There are many good Bike Master Plans available to view on-line and this is a great place to start to become more familiar with what makes a Master Plan effective and successful. Another key resource
Is Mr. Bicycle Creating a Roadmap for Producing and implementing a Bicycle Master Plan (2015) in conjunction with The Federal Ministry of Transport, beautifully dissects the process of creating a BMP into three phases before the Plan, developing. The BMP, and implement the Plan includes photos from successful Bicycle Friendly Communities across the world, a suggested time line, and tips on selecting the right consultant, and evaluation criteria for a BMP. The guide will be made available on-line and can be downloaded for free.

While developing a BMP is a critical step in creating a roadmap for bicycle progress within your community, the more important step to consider is its implementation. This is where the value of the relationships and partnerships created between governing officials and bicycle-interest groups come into
play.

NIGERIA BICYCLE MASTER PLAN

The draft Bicycle Master Plan for Nigeria covers it all and is on track to become one of the best. A voluminous, over 100 page document Includes bicycle policy, existing conditions, a needs analysis, prioritized projects and initiatives, and funding strategies. Organized into eight chapters.
Includes:

Intro
Bicycling history
Policy framework, goals/
objectives/benchmarks
Needs analysis,
Project identification/
prioritization
Funding

In 2014, with the guidance of a national bicycle advisory groups of experts, we revamped up effort to initiate and hosted the inaugural edition; World Bicycle Day in Uyo, with the official backing of Nigerian Security And Civil Defense Corps. The outcome of that event left for us a definition to develop a theoretical model bicycle blue-print for our nation from the basis to adequately underscore a culture of safe cycling best practices, accepting where we are as a nation, acquaint, acquire and adopt an acceptable best program, compare experiences; then draw up a model that is Nigeria Adaptive for the cycling glide. To ticker a Nigeria’s bicycle friendly culture, we had to go back to under study our available road infra-structural facilities that had been, appraise their design deficiency under the old standard to see what best method could be employed to upgrade and bring them to an-up-to-date cycle compliant status.

We are proposing a people’s friendly yes/no questionnaire to get people in the communities involved in an interaction across the scope of our 5es to cover the different area of; engineering, encouragement, education, enforcement and evaluation, our pace will be geometrically dramatical.

The new program is expected to lunch Nigeria quite to higher standards. The work is gradually receiving commendations even from those communities that tried to test the work-ability of these new modules of directory given its standard.

Following the period under view, we have set grading, designations standards, and medaling systems to enhance competitions among our targeted audiences. We have involved our strategy to refine and review the process for a Bicycle Friendly Nigeria, but have kept essentially the same system in place because it makes sense when it is adaptive and is making meaningful effects.

AFFECTING DECISIONS
 
The big towns in Nigeria, are expected to show early proof that the program indeed have the potentialities to influence important political and financial decisions in the communities and the country in general. During one of our summits in Uyo, a participant expressed shock that the Nigerian pioneering bicycle advocates were not getting it from the basics and so they could not get it right. Later in that same summit, as they commended the advent of the blueprint as a major instructional guide, and investment in facilitating a bike/pedestrian passageway, to complete and connecting bikeway system; several members in an interaction contemplated, if they were ever going to earn a platinum, that this is what they needed to have done. That multi-billion naira project is now open…
INSPIRING ACTION
The last thing we want is for applicants to consider their bicycle friendly medal as a reason to say bravo, as bicycling receives more attention, work will be less demanding. The evaluation section of the application detail is developed to anticipate and to ensure that plans, funding and optional programs are put in place and are rolling, to continue improving bicycling spirit in Nigeria. It will require communities to motivate applicants and forward their applications for documentation at least every four years and submit an annual progress reports, and or update. We are trying to strike a balance between motivation and discouragement when applicants do not get the award they think they deserve. A lot needs to happen, especially in the region with a relatively high number of bicyclist fatalities every year by looking at traffic safety rules and pioneer in promoting education and enforcement programs to the affected victims, engaging the law enforcement. A Bicycle Friendly compliance program, for example, has been generated to set a healthy challenge for the teaming bikers in terms of planning, taking into consideration the current trend and advancement in today’s bicycling world. Our inspiration has set in place the creation of safe-cycling/protection laws, environmental friendliness and the needed culture. These challenges are not limited to the complete street policies, but also identifying the specifics needed to set a pace for others.
PROGRESS GUIDE AND EVALUATION
The big gas flaring, criteria pollutant discharge and other environmental poisonous degrading emissions are those tools that turned on the necessity for a Bicycle Friendly Nigeria (BFN) blueprint and programs. Community leaders and business owners should start acting “what” they should be doing for bicyclists. They will soon discover that the League’s program has provided a roadmap for what to do. Gradually LNB has come to bridge that gap by providing the first ever Nigerian’s Bicycle Friendly Blueprint, which is a template for achieving the rewards of a Bicycle Friendly Nigeria safe cycling culture, cycling industrialization\recycling systems, cycling tourism, environment, security, social independence, national unity and vim.
REWARDING PERSISTENCE
One of the unique features of the BFN program is that every applicant gets feedback on their application. During the review process, we seek input from local cycling leaders (club president, bike shop owners, League Cycling Instructors) and weave their comments into suggestions and determine the next steps to take. While this is not an audit or a detailed security plan, we are constantly trying to improve based on the advice we receive. People find it helpful and want to know specifically what they need to do to get to the next level or to any level of reward at all. Community bike ride, safe routes to school\work program, Cycling Instructor Training Course, on-road connections to their primary trail, bikes parking trail implementation facilities are the core infra-structural facilities necessary. Our rising expectations is to see several companies active in the bike industry and our great employers investing to improve their community for biking again and continuing to set the standard for all. Beyond the technical aspects of the programs, however, that is key to nurturing BFN programs quite profoundly. Criticism of opportunities for single-track riding, for example, exposes a glaring lack of mountain bike-related questions in our applications and seriously challenge their status in cycling culture.