Cabinet considering to integrate cycling into National Transport System

Cabinet considering to integrate cycling into National Transport System

Cabinet considering to integrate cycling into National Transport System

Written by Zulfick Farzan

15 Feb, 2022 | 10:46 am

COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka’s Cabinet of Ministers had extensively discussed the need to integrate non-motorized modes of transport, especially cycling, into the national transport system.

“The use of non-motorized transport has a positive effect on reducing air pollution as well as on health, air quality, environment, climate change, and personal finances,” said the Department of Government Information on Tuesday (15).

Therefore, it has been identified that non-motor systems should be integrated with existing transport systems to maximize economic and environmental benefits, it added.

Accordingly, taking into consideration the submissions made by the Minister of Environment, the relevant Ministries and Institutions agreed to take the following steps under a joint approach.

– Marking of bicycle lanes suitable for existing roads and upgrading of existing pedestrian lanes

– Steps to include bicycle and pedestrian lanes for future roads

– Taking necessary measures to encourage the use of bicycles for the staff of government offices

– Providing necessary facilities for office cyclists including parking and access.

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