Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Environment is preparing to take steps to promote the use of foot-bicycles to reduce air pollution and many other factors.
Accordingly, a Cabinet paper has already been prepared to take steps to promote the use of foot-bicycles, the Minister said.
Amaraweera says that steps will be taken to provide an eco-friendly approach to the promotion of bicycle use due to its ability to reduce air pollution, prevent wastage of time as well as the ability to control many non-communicable diseases.
It has also been decided to set aside a lane on each road for cyclists and to introduce a regulatory program to provide certain promotional benefits to cyclists in institutions affiliated with the Ministry of Environment.
The Minister says that a survey has revealed that the government has to spend Rs. 103.56 per kilometer for one vehicle driven during traffic jams.