EVERY year, vehicular accidents claim the lives of thousands of people, including cyclists with protective headgear, in various parts of this Southeast Asian nation of English-speaking people.
Admittedly, cyclists are no match against reckless, drunken and drug-crazed drivers of motor vehicles.
Aware of this, Leyte 1st District Rep. Yedda Romualdez joined fellow lawmakers in rallying behind the proposal to establish bicycle lanes on all major roads and highways across the country.
This is to protect cycling enthusiasts and the environment as well as address the worsening traffic congestion in urban areas, particularly in the Metropolitan Manila (MM) area.
“We have to push for the creation of bike lanes to promote safety,” according to the lady solon, the wife of former Rep. Martin G. Romualdez who used to head the independent bloc in the House of Representatives.
Likewise, Ms. Romualdez said the proposal is a pro-environment measure that would minimize fuel consumption amid the spiraling cost of petroleum products and address traffic congestion.
Romualdez, Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte and Quezon City Rep. Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. underscored the importance of bike lanes after ex-Army reservist Vhon Martin Tanto shot dead cyclist Mark Vincent Garalde.
Villafuerte had earlier filed House Bill No. 263 which seeks to establish bicycle lanes throughout the country.
Let’s make biking hazard-free in this impoverished country, which is teeming with reckless drivers, hard-headed pedestrians and rolling coffins.
Indeed, cycling is good for one’s health and is far more economical both in terms of direct user costs and public infrastructure costs.