Senator Christopher “Bong” Go expressed his full support for the passage of Senate Bill No. 1582, also known as the “Safe Pathways Act”.
The bill seeks to establish networks of pop-up bicycle lanes and emergency pathways along local roads following the imposition of community quarantine measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Senator has been reminding national and local governments to designate bike lanes to ensure the ease and safety of those who opt to use such modes of transportation as well as the general public.
Citing the National Transport Policy of the National Economic Development Authority, “LGUs and national agencies shall accord the highest priority to the development of proper sidewalks and networks of bicycle lanes that will encourage active transport and provide safe and direct access to priority destinations.”
According to Go, people-mobility must be prioritized over vehicle-mobility.
“Let us just make sure the lanes are properly assigned with demarcation lines and lighting in place,” Go said.
The Senator also lauded President Rodrigo Duterte for proclaiming every fourth Sunday of November as National Bicycle Day through Proclamation No. 1052 he signed last 18 November.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is mandated to lead its observance every year, in coordination with relevant non-government organizations and civil society groups.
“Dapat lamang mas bigyan pa natin ng kaukulang suporta ang ating mga siklista. Siguraduhin rin natin na maprotektahan sila at ma-promote pa lalo ito bilang mas healthy and environment-friendly mode of transportation,” said Go, who also chairs the Senate Committees on Sports and Health.
Go, who has been a supporter of the use of bicycles as an active form of transportation in the country, aims to also provide awareness on the benefits of non-motorized transportation to the environment. He also emphasized the benefits of cycling to the physical health and well-being of Filipinos.
“Sa panahon ngayon, kailangan na nating isipin paano makakatulong ang ating lifestyle sa ating kalusugan. Sa pamamagitan ng paggamit ng bisikleta, mabibigyan tayo ng pagkakataong makapag-exercise at, syempre, makatulong sa ating kapaligiran,” Go said.
Moreover, the Senator is urging Filipinos to consider the bicycle as a means of mobility amid the ongoing pandemic. Given the existing community quarantine restrictions, the challenges and limitations on public transportation, Go has been encouraging Filipinos who need to go to work to use bicycles.
During aid distribution activities and outreach programs conducted by his office for Filipinos affected by the pandemic, calamities and other crises around the country, the Senator has been giving away bicycles to provide means of transportation, especially to those who have to go to work.