THE Department of Transportation eyed the use of bicycles as an alternative solution especially now that public transportation in Metro Manila is suspended due to the COVID-19 threat.
And this is exactly what the city government of Pasay is going to launch.
The city noted that if Metro Manila will finally shift to the general community quarantine, residents will be encouraged to use bicycles in public areas.
The city government also said that the suggestion can help employees without vehicles go to work.
According to Mayor Emi Calixto- Rubiano, the use of bicycles may be the solution for the public because even if the modified ECQ will be lifted, the transportation sector is still advised to limit the admission of passengers to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
“Ang pagbibisikleta ay inaasahang magiging isang pangunahing paraan ng pagbiyahe ng mga manggagawa, namimili, mga empleyado ng gobyerno at ng maraming iba pa na araw-araw bumibiyahe nang hindi naman gaanong kalayuan,” said Rubiano.
“Ang pagbibisikleta ay mas matipid at mas praktikal sa pagtungo sa trabaho o pagbili sa palengke, grocery o botika dahil dito ay hindi na gagastos sa pamasahe, hindi ito gumagamit ng gasolina, paborable ito sa kalikasan at mabuti pa sa kalusugan,” said the mayor.
Experts also said that even if this pandemic will finally be contained, health protocols will still be imposed such as social distancing and refraining from touching surfaces.
With this, the Pasay City government will provide bike lanes in major highways like those heading to supermarkets, government agencies and long-distance transport hubs such as airport, MRT and LRT stations and bus terminals.
The bike lanes will have signage like “off-limits” to motorized vehicles and the city’s traffic and parking management office personnel as well as tricycle and pedicab franchising and regulatory safety unit and manpower from the barangay will oversee the lanes within their area.
Pedestrian lanes especially that at the intersections will also be declared as bike lanes.
Store owners and operators will also be urged to provide bicycle parking areas with chaining rails, CCTV, and roving security.
Meantime, store owners and operators who will cooperate on the idea will receive incentives.
On the other hand, bicycle riders are reminded to obey traffic regulations, signs, and other control devices and to put reflectors on their bikes as a safety measure.