Hello! Welcome to my riding corner; where I share with you riding tips & tricks on commuting in Accra, Ghana on a bicycle. 😊
Accra is the capital and largest city of Ghana which has an urban population of about 2.27 million. These numbers are projected to grow📈 to about 4 million in the coming years which will make it the 11th largest metro area in Africa. With this growing population rate, navigation in the city becomes hectic during the rush hours and makes one miss the beauty of the city even when driving because of vehicular and human traffic😕.
Over the past few weeks, I have come across tweets on the intensity of traffic in town these days. As a cycling advocate and a person who is fascinitated by bikes, I think introduction of cycling in our daily life will help ease these traffic problems based on the following reasons;
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— Solitaire Haze (@TENU_Vi) May 4, 2017
— Benjamin Owusu (@bjamino) May 3, 2017
Talking about a less costly form of transportation that’ll ease traffic in Accra and not trying to mirror Europe in every way, cycling is the alternative we can look at which is less expensive and environmentally friendly.
Ghana is not a country known to have the cycling 🚴🏾 culture like other European countries but inspite of that, Tamale, in the Northern region of Ghana is known for its cycling culture-even with the highest weather temperature in the country.
👌🏾 As a cyclist in Accra, you can leave at the time that works best for you to get to work & back on time. Cycling gives you that freedom to decide the time which will work best for you and the number of minutes to ride to work which will save you some time of waiting for bus at the station or to be in traffic minutes later. Lot of productive hours are spent in traffic.
👌🏾 You do not need any *special skills to ride a bicycle; be attentive and careful when riding. I have had friends come to me to learn how to ride. After finding their balance they’re good to ride. *[The are some rules of riding that you must be familiar with. I will share those on my next blog!]
🚲How would you feel if I told you, you could save about ¢150.00 a month of your transportation? Let me know your reaction on the comment sections. 😊
👌🏾Ride on to help address the issues of chronic late evening traffic issues at major parts of the city. Be part of the solution not the problem! Your ride will encourage the government to respond to our plea of more cycling lanes in the city.
🚲Joining me ride will give you a clearer conscience of knowing you’re not part of polluting the environment with the toxic fumes from your car. This gives you the opportunity to exercise after a long days work. [Got any questions on how ride to work in the morning? Drop a line]
👌🏾Policemen and women can patrol using bicycles. This will help reduce the cost of operations in terms of logistics on government operations. It will be a tool for crowd control during football matches, awareness walks, among others, and will increase police visibility in our cities. It has been done somewhere and can work here too.
👌🏾 Cyclist are happy 😊 people! When was the last time you had a conversation with a random person in the bus? As a rider, you’ll make new friends who share your lane and smile with you. A smile in the morning brightens the day.
👍 You don’t need to ride full way to work. If you drive about ~100km(round) everyday to work, you can drive with your bicycle in your car and ride about 20km to work when there is traffic so you can save fuel of been in traffic. Cars can be parked at the malls or openly secured areas with no values left.
🚲Shorter distances like going to the mall or visiting friends about 10km apart can be done by bikes, saving you huge amounts within a shortest time. Your shopping baskets can be fixed on your bicycle.
👌🏾You cycling can also be an avenue of employment creating for many young people in the service sector.
👌🏾The bicycle we see on our roads will help in achieving the battle against global warming in the sense that the more people ride, the reduction of emissions from cars.
The Problem : Ghana faces traffic problems during rush hours and governments are doing their part to solve this problem by constructing more roads with no cycling lanes or rails until recently. Governments introduced the rapid bus system (metro mass transport popularly known as “Kufuor bus”) and the BRT busing system. These buses are also plying the short distances done by the Trotro and using the same old roads which had no bus lanes. To add to this, people are buying more cars everyday to drive in comfort, increasing the number of cars on the same old road. The Ghana traffic congestion problems isn’t about having more buses, but having well structured roads with bus and cycling lanes and rails as alternatives.
Spending time in traffic affects productivity, increases stress, wastes fuel ⛽️, time and money and other resources.
— Nana Sarpong Agyeman (@IngSarpong) May 3, 2017
I look forward to riding with you soon.