First bike lane in whole Uzbekistan inaugurated!
A cycle ride celebrated the opening of a bike lane in Namangan, Uzbekistan, the very first in the country, on 23 September, 2017.
The bike lane is 2264m long (1111m on one side, 1153m on the other) and was built segregated from motorized traffic in order to enhance the safety of cyclists in this city of 490.000 inhabitants, third largest in Uzbekistan.
Both the construction of the bike lane and the ride were supported by OSCE, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which also Uzbekistan is a participating State of. “Each person who rides a bike today, or any day, is making a contribution to the environmental ‘wellness’ of Uzbekistan. In helping our environment, we help create the conditions for healthy living and economic growth,” said OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan John MacGregor.
The cycle ride, which also counted with a helping hand from the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan, is part of the Support to Environmental Initiatives in Uzbekistan Project, which aims to enhance effective implementation and awareness of the sustainable development principles.
SUTP wishes OSCE and Uzbek policy makers and organizations involved good luck and success in this journey towards more sustainable cities in Central Asia!