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.
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…
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.
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.