Defensor files bike infra bill amid oil price surge

    A bill seeking an aggressive cycling infrastructure development plan has been proposed by Anakalusugan Party-list Representative Michael Defensor.

    MANILA, Philippines — The bill is also a timely response to the rising fuel costs and the swelling number of working Filipinos using bicycles to avoid public transport that could expose them to COVID-19.

    “We want the Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Work and Highways to work together in creating a safe and seamless travel environment for bicycle riders,” Defensor said.

    Under House Bill 10369, both agencies would design, construct, and/or designate a network of lanes and pathways along primary and secondary roads for the bikers’ exclusive use.

    Bicycle racks under Defensor’s proposed Bike-Friendly Communities Act would be provided in “all public places, government offices, schools, major business establishments, including malls, banks, restaurants, hospitals, and the like.”

    The bill also requires the establishment of parking racks, off-street shelters, service centers as well as specialized traffic signs and signals for the cyclists.

    The bill further requires bicycle parking facilities to be “secre, visible, accessible, and not in the way of pedestrians or motor vehicles.”

    Sidewalk upgrades and improved bicycle crossings would also be needed to protect pedestrians. (RA/The MiNT)

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