Female riders are among the majority of the city dwellers who are enjoying Kampala roads which are now having light traffic.
KAMPALA- City dwellers in Kampala are turning to bicycles as the alternative means of transport due to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
Female riders are among the majority of the city dwellers enjoying Kampala roads which are now having light traffic.
Uganda banned all public and private transport in the country to minimize the movement of people so as to limit the spread of coronavirus that is ravaging the world.
Boda Boda, motorcycles, and Tuku tuku's were also banned from carrying passengers and only limited to carrying cargo until 2pm.
This situation has left the city dwellers who have to go to markets to buy food or offices with limited options including riding bicycles or walking.
In President Museveni's fourth address to the nation on the coronavirus pandemic, on March 24, President Museveni said it is healthier to use a bicycle than public transport.
"If the towns had enough bicycles, by now I would have suspended public transport. It is even healthier. With a bicycle, you are by yourself. If the coronavirus crisis persists, we shall suspend public transport and promote cycling." Museveni said.
Public transport was later suspended and everyone encouraged to stay home. Many Ugandans are slowly getting accustomed to staying home due to coronavirus.
For those who don't know how to ride, it is time to take the plunge and try these two wheels.
It doesn't matter even if you never learnt to ride a bike as a kid, you're not alone and you're not too late.
After all, biking is good for your health, as the president said.
As of April 16, Uganda has registered 55 coronavirus cases, with no deaths according to the Ministry of Health. Around 20 people have been cured of the virus.