Colombo (News 1st) – Sri Lanka is planning on promoting cycling to work, in order to minimize traffic congestion in Colombo and also to save money on fuel to a certain extent.
Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said his ministry is preparing to take steps to promote the use of bicycles to reduce air pollution and many other factors.
Accordingly, a Cabinet paper has already been prepared, the Minister said.
Amaraweera said the government incurs a cost of Rs. 103.56 per kilometer when a vehicle enters Colombo during traffic congestion, and by promoting cycling to work that cost can be converted to a profit.
Steps will be taken to provide an eco-friendly approach to the promotion of cycling due to its ability to reduce air pollution, prevent wastage.
It has also been decided to set aside a lane on each road for cyclists when developing roads and to introduce a regulatory program to provide certain promotional benefits to cyclists.