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Would You Give Up Your Car For A Bicycle?

Would you give up your car for a bicycle?

Workers in Nigeria are finding themselves in a jam.

They are having to spend up to six hours queuing for fuel for their cars; and even when they do get fuel, they can spend all day going no where thanks to gridlocked traffic.

Cars may be a status symbol, but are they actually serving us well? Given the economic downturn and environmental issues such as climate change and pollution, is it time for bicycles to make a return?

Are bicycles a viable option in our towns and cities? Would you consider riding a bike to work or do you think it is only for a certain class of people? In Japan, China, South Korea, Bicycle has no class.

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Only in a "safe" environment.

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I have. . .

Infact i just went totally green!

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This isn't realistic. Nigeria is not a small village for you to try out your riding skills. Well, most green countries encourage bicycles and greener cars too. So before you set out with your bicycle for work, think about your Expected time of Arrival b4 you ride into a querry.

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I wouldn't give up my car for a bicycle simply because there is queue for fuel in Nigeria. If I need bicycle ride for exercise, that will only be during recreation periods and in a safe environment.

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I ride a bike in Nigeria when they start making dem bullet proof. oooooooooooooooooh

De holes in de road is bigger than de bike

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Necessity, they say, is the mother of all inventions. I have a kit I take to work with me. In fact, in my locker at work, I have deodorant, wipes, towel, and even perfume and clean teeshirt for me to use when I need it. If you have to ride in the hot sun, then you come up with ways that best suit you, you keep fresh the rest of the day. Simple as that!

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Former minister of transport Ojo Maduekwe would have

convinced us of the wisdom of biking to work if he hadn't

broken his rib trying to prove that point.

Some important questions:

1. would you stand smelly bankers while waiting for your cash over the counter?

2. would you vote that FG aircondition the airwaves?

3. or would you rather vote for subsidizing deodorants?

4. would you vote for free hernia operation (in case the need arises)?

5. would the president ride also (leading by example)?

6. would he ride to welcome visiting German Chancellor?

Huge joke. . . hu?

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I don't expect a junkie to overstand.

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Me? wiv my fat bum? noo ooo, plus, I luv comfort so much.

That wud be a whole lot of exercise n I dont want to shed my very desirable fat.

Except of cos my bf is willing to be the rider and I cud be behind him judiciously in my own very customized paint bucket helmet. Then.

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I think it is time we accept that the government is never really going to magically wake up one day and decide to develop things for the good of the people. No need for people to wait for the government to do anything anymore. It is time we accept and understand that fact. If people want to ride bikes, and leave their cars at home, they ought to raise awareness in their communities, among friends, and then build on that. Imagine if people in, say Isiu where to come together at the community center and discussed making it easy for those who own bikes to ride back and forth. I remember some of my school mates back then did ride bikes to schools and cars would give way to bike riders on the streets. I mean it was either that or get your heart pierced with some hunter’s arrow. Lol

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Giving up a car for a bike in nigeria would be one of the biggest risk one can take in nigeria given that there's:

1. No serious law protecting bikers and pedestrians.

2. No insurance covering them.

3. No specially designed roads where the can ply.

4. The roads are death traps.

However, it will be a big advantage for nigerians and the nigerian government if the government can work on the above as riding bikes will help:

1. De-congest the ever busy traffic.

2. Increase the longevity of the roads.

3. Decrease road accidents.

4. Decrease the effects of air and sound pollution.

5. Bring about good health-care to the rider inform of exercise.

6. Save money for the rider.

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I own a bike . . . .  only that I am not in Nigeria. I ride to the metra, and back each day.

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Dont know how to ride a bicycle but i would happily carpool.

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I can't ride a bicycle. So. . . . NO!

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This is one of the reasons why I am against legalization of Ganja!! What the crock does all that even mean? roflmao!!

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Who ever said that, is a basket case. Definitely an agent of the propaganda machines of western governments.

Truth goes more like this: That land mass bounded by the territorial borders of the corporate entity called nigeria is not lacking in rich fertile arable lands. It lacks not cultural, natural, human, intellectual, spiritual, historical or material resources.

The only thing it lacks is sovereignty.

Sadly, the presence (or absence) of this one virtue in a given society determines whether human development  (or human underdevelopment) will be eventually entertained by the society in question.

There's always a choice.

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The infrastructure did not come before the bikes here. Oil Scarcity, Environment pollution, cost of living --- all reasons why, in my opinion, Nigerians ought to have alternatives to help them save money and time on a daily basis. Biking ought to be one on the list, I mean if we are comfortable with the walk. I know that if pushed, one can walk 4 miles ( about 8 Km/hr. But if you could bike the same distance in about 30 minutes, would you not give it a shot?

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@omo-ibo:

My brother even here, some carry their bikes on the train, you know those foldable ones. When they get to their destination, they simply bike the rest of the distance, well I guess we need the infrastructure for it back home,

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i know of someone who goes to work with her bike from croydon to central london.

she does it mainly to keep fit rather than all this green BS.

she cycles to the train station in croydon. gets the train to London Bridge Underground Station then off to her place of work.

i think it is do-able in Nigeria but you'd have to sell the idea.

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I hope you are not including danfo drivers in your stats.

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Its definitely easier to bike outside Lagos than within the metropolis.

Biking in Lagos would be more feasible if the bikers got together and rode at the same time each day.

I think there are some white people doing that (bike meets) though I dont know if they live in Nigeria. Besides, they have an edge anyway, since drivers are more likely to be careful around them.

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I'm not tryn 2 be rude coz I was once like this. Whenever 9jrians have a piece of advice from anyone in d uk or the states, they tend 2 believe it can not work because the people are not enlightened. U can be d first 2 do anythin new in Nigeria. Forget ur status. Look at ur weight loss, time factor, enviromental factor and so on. Dont wait 4 ur president coz he is not interested. I wish d present youth can save d next generation from d hand of our ignorant leaders. I may not be in 9ja but stil a 9ja 2 d blood.

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bike is faster to move about with but how would you fill sweeting your way early in the morning into your office?why should a country like nigeria short fuel to the extent that workers cant fuel thier car to go to work.how can you stand in the middle of a desert and look elsewhere for sand? it will not surprise me nigerians will say they are not getting air to inflate thier bike tyres if they should switch from cars to bikes if the corruption in that country continues.nigerians open your eyes.

nicholas quarshie, accra, Ghana

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Even in the nollywood movies, you see poor miserable farmers with tattered wear riding bicycles. Roflmao!!!!

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Most people in Nigeria should be riding a bicycle. After all, the country manufactures virtually nothing. The amount of foreign exchange that is spent on the purchase of cars, generators, mobile phones and so many things that are manufactured abroad, is crippling the country. Imagine someone owning the latest Mercedes and quite comfortable with parking it outside a house that has no running water or electricity. When I see the High Commissioner swooning about London in his Jaguar, I laugh.

D Kaye, London

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I HOPE 'status symbol', 'what would people say about me', 'how can i be riding a bike', 'bicycles are for kids' WOULD NOT HELP BANKRUPT THE METRO SYSTEMS BEING PLANNED AS WELL.

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That happens to be one of our problems as a race ooo. We too care what others think. You can find CEO's and Executives cycling on a daily basis. All you need do is get on the street and you will see people of different caliber on their bikes. There are bike centers most everywhere you look.

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No . . . seriously, no. No amount of insurance will do if you are planning to cycle on busy Lagos streets with them dangerous drivers. What good is insurance when the chances are astronomically high that you will not survive? roflmao!!

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i told some people once, that most road accidents on lagos roads are not caused by the roads but by the users of the roads. dem think say i don craze because of that. but think about it.

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@ Topic. . .

I won't literally give up the car because it will come in handy when the winter kicks-in again or when I need to go out at night. . .maybe clubbing. . .or for whatever situations that happen for which a car is ideal. However, right now, the car is PARKED for good and hope I don't have to use it except I need to.

Looking at some of the comments here, it is obvious most Nigerians in Nigeria will think it ridiculous, below their status, dangerous, etc to ride a bicycle especially in a place like Lagos and other places. Well, yes, because Nigeria's road system and general infrastructure is almost completely collapsed and a lot of people's thinking went along with the collapse. A young person who never saw anything really work in his life (in Nigeria) will find it difficult to grasp how anyone suggests a bike can be ridden for 20 miles in a day in Nigeria.

Well, I ride a bike everyday (now in the warm weather), except when it is gone for a tune-up or something, and it is about 9-10 miles one way from home, so a total of about 20 miles a day. I cover that in about half an hour (one way) and I do not always go on the bike trail throughout my journey as I sometimes ride on the main road. Well, the attitude of the car driver is not anything that can be imagined in Nigeria. . .maybe for a long time. Any vehicle seeing a bike on the road will immediately give you so much following distance, or do a lane change, and basically treats you as a "vehicle" at that time. For the life of him, no car driver will ever try to `show-you`for using the road with "real vehicles" and they never born anyone who go hit you and think say he go get away with it. . .but you fit try sha and see what happens. At any uncontrolled intersection, no car will struggle to go before you. . .in fact he will stop well before you get to the intersection. On the bridges, you have dedicated bike tracks and bike trails for road terrains that are not good for a bike rider. If you have a real long commute. . .bike to a train station or bus stop, hop-in (with the bike) and continue at your next convenient train stop. How hard is that? (NOTE: There are still the occasional crazy and inexperienced car drivers, so YOU must equally be careful, protect yourself and exercise discretion ALWAYS)

Benefits of biking are lots and it was listed in an earlier post. . .to which you can add yours and see if it makes sense. However, status symbol is a ridiculous reason not to ride a bike. . .because who cares about your status? "This is not the UK, US or Canada". . .silly excuse. . .another reason why Nigeria will still be a joke playing. . .catchup (after 2020) when those countries perfect the technology for personal helicopters:

The guy riding the bike could have a bigger house, bigger car(s), more money than you could ever imagine, etc. . .not minding that your "big" car or SUV is just a burden he wouldn't even take as a gift!

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useless trend

should be in auto i think

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Nice one.

I just want to add that we need to look at it on a more broader context such as how our means to a livelihood could be restructured to make cycling more practicle. This ofcourse requires a strong will to be self-determined. We need to really rethink the way we live and the institutions we are bonded to. Babylon has fallen. Now look at you. . . you're shook.

I'm anti anti-revolutionary thought.

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You guys don't get the point. no one said use the bicycle for long distance.

bicycles can be used for short trips or a for a trip to the bus/train stations (for developed countries that have park and rides)

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I remember back some years ago, riding bikes in Nigeria was no big deal. People used to transport their wares to and fro the markets on their bikes. Even farmers travelled to their farms on bikes. I sincerely believe we need to start thinking of alternative and cheaper means to help save us all money and also help free up the roads.

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If your life is about what people say and think of you, then I cannot help you there with information. I own a car but ride a bike because it is

a) Convenient

b) Easier to park

c) Helps me avoid traffic when I can

d) Helps me get healthier

e) Takes the stress of my car

f) Cheaper as it helps me cut down drastically on cost of fuel, and car repairs

g) Allows me make my contribution to the environment

You would have to come up with your own list before you embark on such. It is not for all, hence the reason why the poster is here asking if you think it would fit, not demanding that you make it fit, into your life.

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Nice idea, I'm on my way to the dealer to trade my honda baby boy for a bicycle. I think this will be great, just thinking on what I'll tell my friend and what people would say about my situation

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Cycling in Pot holes?

You can cycle in ur village not Lagos.

You will just die for nothing

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Where i work is a good two hours to mine by car, i will be on the road forever if i have to cycle.

i don't mind cycling for health or leisure but not to work

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You have never really cycled before, have you? Your wife could drive your kids to school while you cycle where you need to get to, if within cycling distance. Millions across america, most of them corporate workers, cycle to work or to local transit each day. These have brief cases and laptops they carry about with them as well. I happen to be in training myself so I can start cycling to the train station and then to the lake in the evenings. I rode the bike last night to go get grocery and I did not have food falling off my back or something. lol

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I guess the poster just imported bicycles into the country. So after dressing up for work and maybe I have to drop my wife too and the kids in their school, how will a bicycle contain everyone or do i have to get for my wife and kids too? What about my briefcase and laptop? On the same bicycle too? I guess the poster needs to rethink before starting this kind of thread

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I am sorry, I will not stoop that low. I am not here to pretend I can read your mind, hence the reason why I asked you

to please explain what you mean. Reading between the line does not answer the question I asked.

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Nigerians should read between the line and do what best for their own unique situation!

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I may be missing something here. You say that even the Chinese have dumped their bikes for luxury cars, and you also

mention that Nigeria is not the EU. Can I ask what exactly you are getting at here?

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He tried it as minister of Transport during obj's first tenure and boy was he knocked down?

He can tell the tale better!!

So its a no no for me until we put manners on our roads!!

Even if nothing, danfo will make it hell for you!

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Conservative party leader in UK,David Cameron, cycles to work,so if bycicle ridding is anything to go by in Nigeria,then the leaders have to start a good example and in my wildest dream,i don't see any local government chairman doing that let alone the party leader.It would be another way of suppressing the people if the leaders can't do it.

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If I needed the exercise I would.

Anyone who likes potbelly should go ahead and stay in their cars.

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