The Minister of Public Works and Transport, Youssef Fenianos, launched on Sunday, from the Roman street in Byblos, the first phase of the bicycle project From Dbayeh to Tripoli, which is organized by the TraCS association and Lebanon By Bike organization.
The opening ceremony was attended by many local politicians, officials, and public figures who joined Minister Fenianos in inaugurating the new bike lane project.
On this day, a group of professional cyclists set off from the coastal town of Amchit at 8 AM, and they were followed by a group of amateur riders, including Minister Fenianos, starting their route in Jbeil and ending their trip in Jounieh.
In his speech, Minister Fenianos thanked the members of the TraCS association for this idea "which should be present in Lebanon."
In his words, "I made a promise to the association that, from now on, there will be a special bike route from Tripoli to Beirut and we hope that it will be put into practice. The studies have been put in place and we will follow up on the implementation as soon as possible in order to reduce road traffic accidents as much as possible. We have lost two young people on the road to Byblos."
He went on to add, "This day is a sporting day so that the state knows its duties towards the citizens, but at the same time I wish the citizens and we at the start of winter to know their duties towards the state not to throw waste on the roads so that we don't fall into a disaster on the roads as happened in previous years."
From his side, Byblos' mayor Wissam Zaarour pointed out in his speech that "this project has been taken care of since MP Ziad Hawat was a mayor, and the current Council will complete it until the end [...]. Jbeil is a city of love and coexistence, and the Lebanese youth have the right to enjoy this city in all sporting activities."
Zaarour also announced that within a month a large Bay Park will be opened in the city for everyone.