The Federal Road Safety Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi reveals that 38% of road traffic deaths involve pedestrians. This statement was made during a presentation on Non Motorized Transportation (NMT) at the West African Road Safety Organisation (WARSO) general assembly, in Dakar, Senegal.
He said that half of the world’s traffic deaths on the road involves motorcyclist, pedestrians, car owners and other unspecified road users with 22%,5%,31% and !9% respectively.
The boss of FRSC pointed out that traffic congestion amounts to about 3% of GDP of Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries to which Nigeria belongs.
To this end, he said the Corps has designed initiatives to promote NMT in Nigeria and Africa generally.
These include a national stakeholders committee on bicycle transportation, the first ever national cycling policy and strategy in Nigeria and at present working on the pedestrian manual.
The Corps understudied 6 cities in 5 different countries with a view to domesticating best practices, established a non-motorised transportation unit to enhance initiatives and to institutionalize them, hosted annual national bicycle week and won the 2013 Best Cycling Campaign award globally among 28 other
In his conclusion, he stated that while infrastructure for pedestrians are provided in our urban centres, cyclists have not that been lucky