While driving around Gicumbi recently, I kept honking because cyclists wouldn’t get out of my way. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a bully motorist. I am not trying to violate their rights either. However, I have one problem with those who ride on wrong lanes.
The highway I navigated has well paved pedestrian sidewalks and cyclists’ lanes. I commend the government’s efforts to upgrade the infrastructure while putting pedestrians and cyclists into consideration. I feel safer walking and riding a bicycle without sharing lanes with fuel-burning machines.
This was my first trip to the headquarters of Gicumbi District in six years. A lot had changed since the last time I was there. For starters, the roads have been upgraded. This highway is part of the grand project connecting the Volcanoes and Akagera national parks through the Muhazi Belt.
I had traveled to Gicumbi through the Kigali - Gatuna highway. As I drove towards the north, I couldn’t stop admiring the green rolling hills and bamboo trees lining up on the banks of Nyabugogo and Mwange rivers.
Cameras detecting violators of speed limits are installed throughout this meandering road. I am not complaining. As a matter of fact, I have a feeling this technology has saved my life. There is a good chance I wouldn’t be alive to write this piece if a camera nicknamed Sofia wouldn’t be monitoring my acceleration wherever I go.
This year, I have visited all 30 districts of Rwanda on a powerful motorcycle. Sometimes I get tempted to twist the throttle and feel that speed-induced adrenaline rush. Without the watchful lenses of these cameras, my possible speeding offenses would probably lead to fatal consequences. These restrictions are enforced to protect our own lives.
While in Gicumbi, I drove around the high altitude township and applauded the pace of development I witnessed. Before I publish this post, I kindly request Gicumbi cyclists to use their designated lane. I know the cyclists in question do not consume this content but their leaders do.
The author is visiting all 30 districts of Rwanda. His tour of Gicumbi is sponsored by Ikaze Rwanda Tours & Travel, The Click Creations and Exposure. Follow him on Twitter @GeoExposure