The Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) has dedicated the first ever motorbike parking station in Monrovia.
The modern terminal was dedicated yesterday in the A. B. Tolbert Road community by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.
The dedication of the hub is in gradual fulfillment of a request made by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the PCC at the dedication of the Du-port Road Park for the construction of a terminal that would shelter the cyclists from heavy rain and the scorching sun.
The area consists of a parking lot, washing station, event spot, garbage can and a latrine.
There are 55 bikes that need a terminal or parking station at various major junctions in the city. According to Paynesville City Mayor, Cyvette Gibson, they would soon receive a newly erected hub.
“At the Du-Port Road Park dedication, President Sirleaf challenged the city government to create an enabling environment for pen-pen riders – a place that would bring sanity to their jobs. It is in fulfillment of challenge that we embarked on this project,” Mayor Gibson said.
She said that with the construction of the terminal on the A. B. Tolbert Road, commercial motorcyclists will relocate from the ELWA Junction thereby promoting the free flow of traffic. The terminal will also create a safe and clean environment for over 150 bike riders and their passengers.
According to Mayor Gibson, the construction of the hub, which will gradually be replicated across the city, is a significant step towards integrating the municipality’s motorcyclists into the formal sector.
“This safe and organized hub will be replicated throughout the city,” she promised, adding that employment opportunities will come with the construction of each hub.
“We are also creating employment for one monitor and evaluation person who will man the premises on a daily basis,” she added.
Mayor Gibson expressed pride in the ELWA bike riders. “I am very proud of our bike riders at ELWA and their union for exemplifying good behavior and organization in their efforts to contribute considerably to the transport sector of our municipality.”
She said the city has partnered with the pen-pen boys, their mother organization and the Liberia National Police to abide by the laws of the land.
She thanked Vice President Boakai for gracing the occasion and called on him to extend her appreciation and gratitude to the President for challenging the city and endorsing her vision.
She also lauded the community residents for their cooperation and dedication to the endeavor, which would not have been realized without their full participation.
She indicated that the appearance of the municipality is the reflection of its occupants and “therefore all residents of the city should do all they can to keep the reflection glowing.”
In his speech, VP Boakai made mention of the enormous contributions the cyclists make to the economy of the country. He said though they have some lapses, “they are of great significance to the development agenda of the country.”