Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Friday appealed to local government units (LGU) to install more bike lanes to encourage more Filipinos to use bicycles given the current limited transportation options due to existing quarantine measures.
In a statement, Go acknowledged that “despite the gradual relaxation of quarantine measures, public transportation remains a challenge for many Filipinos in many areas in the country due to social distancing measures.”
The senator asked the LGU — in coordination with concerned government agencies — to designate more bicycle lanes with proper lane markings, road safety signs and lighting, among other safety measures, when feasible.
“This is both to encourage more people to use bicycles as an active mode of transportation and to ensure their safety, particularly those plying busy streets in big cities,” Go said, who also encouraged the public to consider the use of bicycles as an active mode of transportation.
Go also reminded the public to comply with traffic guidelines when using bicycles, citing Davao City as an example for LGU that wish to install their bike lanes to provide transportation options to their constituents.
“Very recently, Davao City has already started demarcating bicycle lanes along its major thoroughfares. This is in recognition of the need to promote safe alternative modes of transportation while ensuring the safety of the public,” said Go.
“We encourage other LGU to follow suit soon,” he added.
Whilst he is amenable to the use of bicycles as an active form of transportation, Go emphasized that the safety of Filipinos should be guaranteed and prioritized when proposing policies that help the country cope with the current pandemic.
The senator also encouraged the public to consider the use of bicycles as an active mode of non- motorized transport which is environmentally friendly as these are zero-emission modes with health benefits to bikers.
Meanwhile, Go has also earlier expressed his openness to suggestions of allowing motorcycle backriding, subject to strict adherence to health protocols, given the limited transportation options for Filipinos.
Proposed guidelines on motorcycle backriding specifically allowing family members have been submitted by the Technical Working Group to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases and will also be reviewed further by the National Task Force COVID-19 with its own recommendations.