Liberia: Monrovia Cycling Club celebrates World Cycling Day in Monrovia
Monrovia – On Saturday June 5, the Monrovia Cycling Club (MCC) with more than 20 cyclists with the support of GIZ, which is part of the German International Cooperation and Energizing Development Program – EnDev, celebrated WORLD BICYCLE DAY to raise awareness in Monrovia about cycling’s health benefits, social and environmental impact.
Since 2018, June 3 has been declared World Cycling Day by the United Nations General Assembly. This day is commemorated around the world for the uniqueness, longevity and versatility of the bicycle, used for two centuries as a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally friendly means of transport.
As part of the activities marking this year’s celebration, cyclists gathered at the Congo Town Ministerial Complex at 9:00 a.m. and made their way to the Ducor Palace Hotel in central Monrovia via Tubman Boulevard. and back. All the bikers were dressed according to safety regulations, wore helmets when riding their bikes and also wore a “green T-shirt” to signify a greener and healthier environment through cycling.
Guests included a wide range of people from the Monrovia Cycling Club, the Liberia Cycling Association, GIZ staff, the traffic section of the Liberia National Police, businessmen, social workers, supporters and the media.
MONROVIA CYCLING CLUB:
In November 2019, the Monrovia Cycling Club (MCC) was formed by cyclists who decided to ride every Saturday morning as a means of exercise. This small group originally called “Bikers” has evolved to contribute to other societal needs as well. The new name was therefore conceived under the name of “Monrovia Cycling Club”. They are passionate about cycling and keeping fit and concerned about our society and giving back to our society through community service and outreach.
CYCLING & COVID-19:
Cycling is not only a great way to stay healthy (not just during the COVID-19 epidemic), it also has a social and environmental impact on the world. But cycling is also an effective way to support physical distancing and ease the burden of public transport during a pandemic.
All over the world – in Berlin, New York, Bogotá – the subject of pop-up bike lanes has been booming since last year, during the pandemic. Pop-up cycle lanes (also known as emergency cycle lanes) are temporary cycle lanes that allow social distancing by providing more space for cyclists on the one hand and relieving the public transport system on the other. go.
About World Bike Day:
Cycling has many benefits, ranging from improved health conditions to positive environmental, social and economic impacts. There is a strong need to provide cycling infrastructure and ensure the safety of cyclists.
Health – To be fit and healthy you need to be physically active. Regular physical activity can help protect you against serious illnesses like obesity, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, diabetes, or arthritis. Cycling regularly is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of health problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle.
Social and economic impact: the bicycle is a very affordable means of transport, as it does not require continuous expenditure on fuel. Maintaining a bicycle is quite economical and easy to manage. In Liberia, middle and lower class citizens can spend up to one-third of their income on transportation. Instead, they could save those costs by cycling and cover other needs.