Bicycles have been prohibited from tarmac roads in Gakenke district because of the 18 accidents they caused in the previous four months.
This was resolved during the general security meeting held on July 30th 2012 in Gakenke district.
Deogratias Nzamwita, Mayor of Gakenke district explains that accidents on Kigali-Musanze occurred as a result of bicycles and for that matter bicycle riders will be allowed to use murram roads and push bicycles when on tarmac roads.
Mayor Nzamwita asserts they are going to teach rural residents how to walk on the road. Remote people when on the road, they walk in the middle of the road and cause accidents especially to speeding vehicles.
Talking to the journalists after the resolution, cyclists in Gakenke trading centre confirm the resolution is a must though it will reduce on the money they make unlike before.
One cyclist from Rusagara cell in Gakenke sector emphasizes stopping them from using the road is essential because peoples’ lives come first.
“Our income will surely reduce. I have been making between Rwf2000 and Rwf3000 a day and provide for my family.” The cyclist laments.
Similarly Felecien Ntahorutaba, a cyclist requests the police to allow them use small motorcycles with temporary licenses instead of sitting home unemployed.
In last two months, two school children died in KBS bus accident in Kivuruga sector and one was hit dead by a Fuso in Gashenyi sector.