Lagos state government under the Leadership of Babajide Sanwo-olu through the Office of Public Private Partnerships (OPPP) in conjunction with Awa Bike Ltd has declared plans to replicate the Bike sharing scheme initiated by Governor Seyi Makinde at the Oyo state Secretariat in some parts of the Lagos state Secretariat.
In a statement by the DG, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in Lagos State, Mr. Ope George, it was revealed that the project involves a service in which wellness bicycles are offered to users within the location of operations to be shared with other users at a pocket friendly price without the burden of long term maintenance associated with being a bike owner.
In his words: “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.”
Mr. George revealed that the introduction of the Bike Sharing Scheme complements the efforts of the Lagos State Government’s T.H.E.M.E.S agenda to achieve an eco-friendly and cheap transport scheme.
According to Mr. George, the scheme will improve the overall health condition of Lagos residents by reducing risks associated with inhaling Carbonaceous compound from conventional vehicles and also serve as a means to stay fit through riding.
In Oyo state, the bike sharing and lifestyle start-up, Awa Bike, is running already as a pilot scheme of their service at the state secretariat, Agodi, for three months.
The Oyo State Government paid all expenses for the administrative fee for the pilot scheme. There are also plans to extend the bike sharing scheme to tertiary institutions and various communities in the state.