tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8686769.post116064261880999751..comments2014-08-13T13:14:14.054+01:00Comments on naijablog: Bicycles are lovelyJeremy[email protected]Blogger7125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8686769.post-1160844420160868362006-10-14T17:47:00.000+01:002006-10-14T17:47:00.000+01:00Wow, this is so informative and so practical if on...Wow, this is so informative and so practical if only those affected can read it. There should be a way to communicate this to the appropriate persons? I'm actually interested in getting this to work as much as I can, if in any way you see how to implement it.Joshhttp://www.xanga.com/BJMatix[email protected]tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8686769.post-1160812632972851992006-10-14T08:57:00.000+01:002006-10-14T08:57:00.000+01:00This is not such a pipe dream. Bicycles are still ...This is not such a pipe dream. Bicycles are still an important mode of transport in rural areas. There's hardly any public transport, so people have to rely on bicycles. Now, to translate that to cities.Nkemhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/16179240558587295386[email protected]tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8686769.post-1160679685575522762006-10-12T20:01:00.000+01:002006-10-12T20:01:00.000+01:00If wishes were horses, beggars (or in this case, t...If wishes were horses, beggars (or in this case, the citizens of Abuja) would ride bicycles.<BR/><BR/>I agree that transformation begins with a dream, but it will be difficult in many cities in naija, Abuja included. There's the issue of bad driving and poor road safety culture to consider, not to mention marking the roads for bicycle lanes and educating the gen pop (and you already mentioned in an earlier post how little effort, money and resources we invest in education of any kind in Naija). Let's not begin to get into our culture of "shakara", especially in Abuja. Cycling with your date to a romantic rendezvous? Yeah right!<BR/><BR/>I think efforts should be put into developing a properly regulated inter-city bus system. Alas, the idea might have to be sold to one of the president's pals who would get monopoly on routes, subsidies on vehicles and such like (a la Arik Air) in order to make it a reality.<BR/><BR/>Finally, i wanted to say, excellent blog, great writing, great insight on many issues concerning Naija. I read your blog everyday... will try to comment a bit more. Cheers!MsMak[email protected]tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8686769.post-1160671302607818062006-10-12T17:41:00.000+01:002006-10-12T17:41:00.000+01:00Hi jeremy,The Problem with Okada and Abuja is more...Hi jeremy,<BR/><BR/>The Problem with Okada and Abuja is more of how the riders ride it. Everyone feels like James Bond and they quickly want to dispatch one passenger and look for another. By the time they get involved in accidents, their eyes finally Open.<BR/><BR/>Bicycles in Abuja? - it might be a way for the Ministry of sports to look for potential fastest-bicycle-riders, at least to prepare for the next Olympics. By the time the same ex-Okadas (nasarrawa boys) get on those bicycles, they might be going so fast and over-taking cars. Have you seen the leg-tissue of some of those okadas? you might be a little surprised.Omo Nigeriahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09389459570564185014[email protected]tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8686769.post-1160668391539085282006-10-12T16:53:00.000+01:002006-10-12T16:53:00.000+01:00I can just hear the lilting sounds of a pan flute ...I can just hear the lilting sounds of a pan flute filling the air around Abuja as butterflies flutter about, and Nigerians slowly riding their bikes in soporific enjoyme... wait! Is this Nigeria you're talking about?Shango[email protected]tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8686769.post-1160650998427749432006-10-12T12:03:00.000+01:002006-10-12T12:03:00.000+01:00Haba mtb - the roads in Abuja are excellent. True...Haba mtb - the roads in Abuja are excellent. True, the driving is terrible - no lane discipline etc. But Kaduna is full of people bicycling about. Transformation begins with dreamers dreaming the impossible..Jeremyhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07506241936615649754[email protected]tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8686769.post-1160650407834765102006-10-12T11:53:00.000+01:002006-10-12T11:53:00.000+01:00If wishes were horses!Surely you realise that bicy...If wishes were horses!<BR/>Surely you realise that bicycles would be a death trap in abj when one considers the bad roads and awful untrained drivers that prowl the roads. To think about bicylces in Nigeria would be catastrophe until other facilities are put in place that is!My Talking Beginningshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05202527376661534311[email protected]