THE revival of a move to require all main roads and highways to have bicycle lanes is a welcome development in the national government’s campaign to ensure the safety of cyclists.
In the Lower House of Congress, party-list Rep. Jericho Jonas Nograles urged crusading President Rodrigo “Digong” R. Duterte to certify as urgent House Bill (HB) No. 174.
The proposed “Bicycle Law,” authored by Nograles, calls for the establishment of a Local Bikeways Office (LBO) in every city and municipality throughout the Philippines.
A cyclist himself, the workaholic party-list lawmaker also urged the government to provide tax perks for people who use bicycles on the daily commute to their workplace.
Bikers, he said, are the most vulnerable to abusive motorists despite their contribution to efforts to mitigate climate change, which continues to worry people across the globe.
Without doubt, designating bicycle lanes makes sense considering the increasing number of road accidents involving cyclists, many of the daily wage earners and students.
Nograles, of the Pwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) party-list, said many of the world’s nations are turning to bicycles in their effort to reduce carbon footprints in their communities.
In fact, countries, like the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, provide a wide array of incentives for their citizens to use bikes in their daily commute.
In the Philippines, more and more people prefer bikes as mode of transportation because of the chaotic traffic situation in heavily-populated areas, including Metropolitan Manila.
Certainly, bike lanes will go a long way in lessening deadly accidents involving cyclists and addressing climate change.