NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
UN Environment on Sunday launched a bicycle ride
in Kenyan capital Nairobi to raise awareness of the role of
sustainable urban transportation in reducing air pollution.
The UN Environment
Executive Director Erik Solheim said the cycling that was
attended by hundreds of international and local riders signifies
a revolutionary move toward road development within the African
and other world cities.
“The adoption of
bike rides in the city will make the city friendly to the people
as well as help reduce air pollution,” Solheim said in Nairobi
during the launch of cycling that was also attended by the
Ambassador of China, Liu Xianfa and other envoys.
He noted the launch
is important given many people live in urban areas where air
quality is below the World Health Organization (WHO) standards.
Rwanda government for keeping the capital city Kigali clean
hence becoming Africa’s leading example.
He called for
government support toward the development of policies and laws
that support clean environment.
“It is time to
redesign our roads and embrace pathways where city dwellers
could easily walk and ride their bikes as this helps reduce air
pollution and also keep them physically fit,” the UN Environment
He suggested that
countries set aside a bike riding days in the calendar to help
reduce the seven million deaths that are caused by air
(Xinhua) — Liu Xinfa ®, Chinese
Ambassador to Kenya and Hu Weiwei, Co-founder and
President of Mobike take part in a leisure bike
organized by Mobike, a head of UN Environment Assembly,
in Nairobi, Dec. 3, 2017. The race whose theme was “Beat
pollution” is a leisurely bike ride to show how the
world is ready for more sustainable transportation
methods and share-the-road initiatives.
Governor Mike Sonko revealed that plans are at advanced stage to
launch major air, pollution and afforestation program that will
help change the environmental status of the city.
“We welcome the
partnership as it ushers in a rare opportunity to help reduce
air pollution and environmentally related diseases,” Sonko said.
According to the
WHO, 6.5 million people die annually as a result of poor air
quality while only 12 percent of cities have air quality
measures that meet WHO standards.
Alongside the WHO
and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, UN Environment is part
of the global campaign which aims to mobilize cities and
individuals to protect our health and planet from the effects of
Environment-Friendly Bicycle To Hit Local Market
(Xinhua) -- A Chinese made bicycle which is
convenient for short urban trips while reducing congestion and
the city’s urban carbon footprint is set to be launched in
Developed by Mobike Technology
Limited, a bicycle sharing service through the use of smartphone
apps reduces congestion, and continually strives to improve the
quality of city life.
Florian Bohnert, head of Global
Partnerships at the Mobike Technology Limited, said in Nairobi
on Monday that the company will launch in Nairobi next year and
thereafter launch in other African countries.
“We intend to introduce the bicycle in
the continent once we sign an agreement with Nairobi city
authorities to help solve the problem in the city,” Bohnert
told Xinhua in an interview on the sidelines of the UN
Environment Assembly underway in Nairobi.
He said the bikes are environmentally
good for the health and environment because they reduce
pollution and congestion in the cities.
“The bicycles saves space since one
car is equivalent to 10 bicycles and they are convenient and
faster,” he noted.
Bohnert revealed that his firm
provides the bicycles and the technology that incorporates
simcards and Global Positioning System (GPS), a space-based
navigation system that provides the location where the bike is
and the time it is seen there.
The GPS and the sim card connect the
bike to the platform and also unlock it before the user takes a
He added that the bikes are durable,
tubeless and lasts four years without maintenance, as well as
help reduce air pollution.
At the end of their ride, users will
be able to return the bike to a designated Mobike preferred
location or any regular bike parking area.
“The cities need to invest money in
additional cycle lanes on their roads, acquire that data and
be advised on where to launch,” he added.
The bike can help the African cities
make income as the user’s simple download the app and use the
bikes at their convenience.
“We work closely with local
authorities in 200 cities in 12 countries where we have 8
million bicycles that have help solved transport problems in
the countries,” Bohnert added.
The bicycles are already being used in
the cities of China, the United States, Germany, Italy,
Singapore and so on.
Bohnert said the fee is accommodative
because the company wants many people to adopt the new
environmental friendly transportation system.
UN Environment Executive Director Erik
Solheim and Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Liu Xianfa on Sunday
launched a bicycle ride in Nairobi city that was attended by
hundreds of international and local riders to raise awareness of
the role of sustainable urban transportation in reducing air
Solheim said it was time to redesign
the roads and embrace pathways where city dwellers could easily
walk and ride their bikes as this helps reduce air pollution and
also keep them physically fit.
The Beijing based company is currently
exhibiting their bicycles at the ongoing United Nations
Environmental Assembly (UNEA).
Delegates attending the third UNEA
conference have been enjoying a leisurely bike ride to show how
the world is ready for more sustainable transportation methods
and share-the-road initiative.