Defensor proposes new bicycle infrastructure plan to make QC most bike-friendly city

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Billy Begas

Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor has filed a measure seeking to launch an aggressive cycling infrastructure development plan amid the surge in fuel costs and the increasing number of working Filipinos using bicycles to avoid public shuttles that could expose them to COVID-19.

Defensor said the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) should collaborate further to create a safe and seamless travel environment for bicycle riders.

Aside from designing and constructing a network of lanes and pathways, under the proposed Bike-Friendly Communities Act (House Bill 10396) the two government agencies will be mandated 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 required to carry out sidewalk upgrades and bicycle crossing improvements.

Under the measure, 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.

Defensor also 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,” said Defensor, who is running for mayor in the 2022 elections.

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

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