BULAWAYO City Council (BCC) is determined to revive a cycling culture, that died years ago, to help reduce carbon emission pollution caused by vehicles.
Speaking at the relaunch of the city’s cycling programme yesterday, town clerk Sikhangele Zhou said the aim was to be a leading, smart and transformative city by 2024.
“In attaining a smart city status, one of the key clusters is smart mobility, and the City of Bulawayo realises that there is need to relaunch the cycling culture in a bid to manage our carbon footprint, reduce congestion in the city centre and ensure accessibility in the city,” Zhou said.
“Transport is a major component in the economic landscape of Zimbabwe. The use of bicycles as a mode of transport will increase the disposable incomes of workers to meet other obligations. Cycling is thus an alternative cost-management tool which can increase the real incomes of the general public and improve the human development index (standard of living) of the citizens of the city.”
To quicken the cycling culture’s revival, council has committed to revamp the cycling tracks on old and new roads.
“We are also cognisant of the need to bring some of our infrastructure to a good working condition. We are committed towards ensuring that we rehabilitate the cycle tracks which are around the city, and put in place cycle tracks on new roads and suburbs,” Zhou added.
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