On May 22, the Quezon City (QC) government inaugurated the new, QCkleta additional bike lanes, as part of their ongoing efforts to create a cycling-friendly environment in the city.
Local government officials including Mayor Joy Belmonte, Vice Mayor Gian Sotto, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos, QC District 2 councilor Mikey Belmonte, as well as Transport Assistant Secretary Mark Steven Pastor were in attendance at the event.
The officials along with cyclists from various groups partook in a ceremonial bike ride along the newly established routes that go along Quezon Avenue, the Agham, BIR, and Elliptical Roads.
As a sort of two birds with one stone approach, Mayor Belmonte spoke about how the local government unit (LGU) is hard at work on the city’s cycling project as both a means to reduce air pollution by 2030 and promote active transport as a means of getting around amidst the pandemic.
The plan to make QC a bike-friendly city was first mentioned last year when the LGU announced the planned expansion of the existing 55 kilometers of bike lanes, to 161 kilometers spanning across the city.
After identifying crucial safety issues in the city’s biking situation, the Safe Cycling and Active Transport Ordinance was authored by councilor Belmonte to not only recognize the environmental importance of active transport but also create the Bicycle and Active Transport Section of the DPOS Green Transport Office, for planning and implementation of LGU’s plans.
Additionally, QC also unveiled their voluntary bike registration program as stipulated under the Safe Cycling and Active Transport Ordinance.
Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) head Elmo San Diego explained that by registering under the program, cyclists will be able to locate their bikes in case of loss or theft, as well as receive assistance in the event of an accident.
Mayor Belmonte highly encourages cyclists to register under the program, and hopes that residents will be inspired to take up active transportation with the assurance “of their safety and security here in Quezon City” she said.
Those looking to register may do so by applying at the DPOS Green Transport Office, found at the city hall compound.