Green Scenery partners launch Bike Riders Union
Green Scenery Sierra Leone with support from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Sierra Leone Roads Authority and the Sierra Leone Police has officially launched the Sierra Leone Commercial Motor Bike Riders Union at the St. Edward’s Pre School Centre at Kingtom.
Green Scenery and key partners have improved the capacity of commercial Bike Riders through training opportunities and other capacity building activities since 2005.
The partnership and support from Green Scenery motivated the establishment of the Sierra Leone Commercial Bike Riders Union after a complete restructuring of the association and the adoption of a new national constitution to which all riders have pledged their support.
The operation of bike riders in the country has increasingly become important to Sierra Leoneans as it plays a vital role in easing transportation constraints in rural areas where the road networks are deplorable and the disgusting traffic congestions in urban parts of Sierra Leone.
Commercial Bike Riding which commenced immediately after the civil war ended in 2002 when former youthful combatants realized that it could serve as a livelihood option for them. This phenomenon has now scaled up to the extent of employing some 150,000 youths country wide.
Commercial Bike Riders have also contributed to the social stability in the country as well as contributing to national revenue generation through license, registration and other taxes.