Implementation of nationwide cycling infrastructure plan pushed

November 20, 2021 Jester P. Manalastas 129 views

AMID the rising cost of fuel products, Anakalusugan Party-list Rep. Michael “Mike” Defensor filed a measure seeking to launch an aggressive cycling infrastructure development plan.

Defensor pointed out that aside from the expensive fuel, many working Filipinos are now opting to use bicycle to avoid getting exposure to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Under his proposal, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Works and Highways are tasked to work together in creating a safe and seamless travel environment for bicycle riders.

House Bill 10396 states that both departments would be mandated to design, construct and/or designate a network of lanes and pathways along primary and secondary roads for the exclusive use of bikers.

They would also be compelled to establish parking racks, off-street shelters, service centers as well as specialized traffic signs and signals for use by cyclists.

To safeguard pedestrians, the two agencies would be further required to carry out sidewalk upgrades and bicycle crossing improvements.

The proposed Bike-Friendly Communities Act states that “all public places, government offices, schools, major business establishments, including malls, banks, restaurants, hospitals, and the like,” would be obliged to provide bicycle parking racks.

Bicycle parking facilities “should be secure, visible, accessible, and not in the way of pedestrians or motor vehicles.”

Defensor, meanwhile, vowed to transform Quezon City into “the most bike-friendly city in Metro Manila.”

“We envision the city having the best system of bicycle lanes and parking services integrated with commuter hubs such as light rail transit terminals,” Defensor, who is running for Quezon City mayor in the 2022 elections, said.

“Through a certification process, we want Quezon City to have the most bicycle-friendly workplaces and malls,” Defensor said.

In 2020, Pasig, San Juan and Marikina received recognition as the “most bicycle-friendly cities in Metro Manila” at the first-ever Mobility Awards.