Emmanuel John

Hello, I am Emmanuel and I am the President, Africa Urban Cycling Organisation, an umbrella body of cycling NGOS, civil society, and other stakeholders in Africa, a Board member/Vice President (Africa) of the World Cycling Alliance, and a former Board Member of the Cycling Federation of Nigeria.

I am the CEO of Ochenuel Mobility which coordinates the Africa Sustainable Urban Mobility Course and Open Streets Abuja initiative. I am the national coordinator of activities marking the World Bicycle Day in Nigeria and host of the Capital City Cycling Championship. I am a sustainable transport and road safety expert with 24 years of experience in urban transport and traffic safety both at government and NGO levels and lead the advocacy for NMT inclusion in urban mobility while providing leadership for public transport policy development at national, regional and city levels.

I am also involved in a number of regional projects and initiatives including as Chair of the Capacity Building for NGOs and Civil Society Work Group at the UNEP/WALK21 Africa Network for Walking and Cycling. I am an author of 9 books and a regular keynote speaker in conferences across the world. I am currently a Transport Planning PhD candidate at the University of Portharcourt, Nigeria with research focus on determinants of cycling mode choice in Nigeria

What are your plans as Bicycle Mayor?

My vision is to see Abuja become a celebrated cycling city and an African cycling hub. Abuja is the most planned city in Nigeria and one of the most planned cities in Africa, cycling infrastructure was part of the original master plan but which was largely ignored during actual development. My agenda is to see to:

a. the recovery of cycle lanes and implementation of other facilities on all roads to enable safe cycling
b. The implementation of the 30km default speed in Abuja, which I had the privilege of leading the advocacy that enabled its approval at national level.
c. All policies and future developments take cognisance of cycling and that cycling and public transport become the focal point of transport development in Abuja
d. The majority of residents are aware of the benefits and the need for cycling, and become willing to cycle