Mr Rotimi Amaechi said on Tuesday that the ministry would partner with state governments to create easy pathways for bicycles across the country.
Amaechi said this when he received a delegation of Cyclists led by the President of Cycling Federation of Nigeria (CFN) in Abuja.
He said that the use of bicycles on the road as an alternative means of transportation would help reduce traffic, stating that bicycles was not for the poor as perceived by some people.
“Apart from competing in sports, cycling also assists to improve the mental wellbeing of an individual, creating a path for cyclists is not the job of the Federal Government but Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and State governments.
“We will help you to liaise with State governments to create easy pathways for cyclists, because if more bicycles are on our roads it would help reduce traffic, cyclists need safer routes to ride.
“I think more elites will ride bicycles, if we put a path for them to ride for safety, riding a bicycle is not a sign of poverty,” he said.
According to him, people are afraid they will lose their lives because motorists are impatient people, if they ride.