At least 53 percent of road accidents registered between January and June this year, across the country, involved motorcyclists and cyclists. Some 98 people died and other 46 sustained serious injuries during the same period.
Most accidents resulted from speeding, dangerous maneuvers, holding onto moving trucks on hilly roads, overloading, cyclists operating at night, riding when intoxicated, violating traffic lights and other traffic rules.
On Monday, October 2, Rwanda National Police (RNP) extended the road safety awareness to about 2,500 cyclists operating in the Northern districts of Rulindo, Gakenke and Musanze.
The Northern region Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Edmond Kalisa, while speaking to about 1,300 commercial cyclists from Rulindo and Gakenke districts, at Base, urged them to value their lives by riding safety on the road.
"The Northern province comes second in regions with the highest record of road accidents and most of which are caused or involve cyclists.
When you leave your homes in the morning, know that you are going to work and you have to go back home safe. You are not leaving your homes to go to the hospital or worse still, to die on road because of your recklessness," ACP Kalisa told the cyclists.
The cyclists were reminded to stop holding onto moving vehicles, avoid speeding downhill, stop operating beyond 6p.m and riding in middle of the road; to respect pedestrian walkways, not to transport heavy luggage sometimes impeding traffic flow; and to respect traffic control signposts.
Cyclists are required to operate not beyond 6p.m.
The same campaign was held in Musanze where the same message was delivered to about 1,200 cyclists.