Monday, December 6, 2021
PS Kiptoo and NETFUND CEO Samson Toniok kick off the teaser race , for the 115 cyclists who participated in the event, the Winner Suleiman Kangangi was awarded Ksh 50,000.

PS Kiptoo and NETFUND CEO Samson Toniok kick off the teaser race , for the 115 cyclists who participated in the event, the Winner Suleiman Kangangi was awarded Ksh 50,000.

Environment and Forestry PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo has underscored the need for Non Motorized Transport as one way of mitigating effects of climate change.

The PS has said non motorized transport will help in transitioning to sustainable practices than help to cut down on carbon emissions towards ‘less than 2° Celsius’ ambition.

Dr. Kiptoo was speaking at Chepkorio show ground, in Uasin Gishu during a cycling event, which crowned the week long Kaptagat Annual Tree Planting, the PS called on Kenyans to embrace the cycling culture, saying it comes with many benefits such as health, environmental, economic and social benefits while it’s a zero-emission mode of transport.

“As you amplify community voices on the importance of Non-Motorised Transport to militate against climate change and the need for a legislation that supports a safe, efficient, healthy and climate-friendly Just Road System country wide, I want to assure you that you have the full support from my ministry,” said the PS.

The PS said Kenya is a signatory to the Paris climate change, and it will cost about Kshs 6.7 billion for mitigation and adaptation, and therefore the need to come up with measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

The event sponsored National Environment Trust Fund and World Wildlife Fund -Kenya was held under the theme “Cycling for Forests” and “My Lane Too” , attracted 115 participants, in the 74km race.

Environment PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo in a reflector jacket, in a group photo with winners who participated in the cycling race at Kaptagat Forest to raise awareness on the need for non motorised transport as a way of cutting carbon emissions.

Environment PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo in a reflector jacket, in a group photo with winners who participated in the cycling race at Kaptagat Forest to raise awareness on the need for non motorised transport as a way of cutting carbon emissions.

Dr. Kiptoo said the tree planting initiatives are connected to healthy sporting, and the fact that sports are entirely dependent on clean healthy environment, which calls for restoration of important forests ecosystems.

“Kaptagat forest straddles two counties of Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet. The altitude here is between 2,500m – 2800m above sea level. The conditions here make Kaptagat one of the best training grounds for athletes globally, for athletics legends train like Eliud Kipchoge who trains here, and has adopted 50 hectares for restoration, to appreciate the importance of this ecosystem” said Dr. Kiptoo.

Elgeyo Marakwet County CEC for Environment Abraham Barsosio said the County Government of Uasin Gishu is committed in conservation and protection of forests within the area and pledged to support the cycling race for next year to a tune of Ksh 1 million.

During the event, a petition was signed  to raise their voices for Climate Action, by #Cycling4forests while advocating for a just road system that caters for the needs of ALL road users including cyclists and pedestrians through the #MyLane2 campaign.

During the event elite cyclists Suleiman Kangangi emerged the winner and was awarded Kshs 50,000, Evan Wangai was second and won Kshs 30,000, and Rashid Kosgei emerged 3rd and was awarded Kshs 20,000, in the women category Nancy Akinyi emerged the winner and bagged Kshs 50,000, second was Dinnah Safari Ksh 30,000 and 3rd was Berber Kramer got Kshs 20,000.

Some of the cyclists who took part in the 74km race.

Some of the cyclists who took part in the 74km race.

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