WITH the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic greatly reducing the capacity of public transportation options, particularly in Metro Manila, the Quezon City council backs safe cycling through the QC Safe Cycling and Active Transport Ordinance authored by District 2 Councilor Fernando Miguel “Mikey” Belmonte.
“We want to go the extra mile for Quezon City’s residents by promoting cycling as a convenient alternative. Cycling as an activity doesn’t just address the current problem of limited availability in transportation; it also promotes fitness and reduces pollution to protect the city,” Belmonte said.
He underscored the need for institutionalizing policies to support the alternative transport.
The ordinance shall create a bicycle and active transport section (BATS) under the Department of Public Order and Safety’s Green Transport Office.
BATS will spearhead the identification and establishment of a network of cycling lanes and walking paths in order to create a comprehensive plan to include infrastructure and traffic engineering solutions to support active transport.
Belmonte said a major provision of the ordinance includes laying down 90 kilometers of bike lanes to be strategically placed for easier access to vital establishments, such as hospitals, markets, transport terminals, educational institutions and government offices.
Hydration facilities, and green rest and repair stations with tools can be found along these routes.
The ordinance approved on third reading also proposes dedicated parking stations for all modes of active transportation including e-bikes and e-kick scooters to be located in city-managed offices, MRT and LRT terminals and major business establishments. DALISAY NOLASCO