MANILA - Sen. Pia Cayetano has filed a bill seeking to integrate bicycles in the public transportation system, as she noted the lack of policies, infrastructure, and facilities that cater to this mode of transportation.
“It is time to change our mindset about traffic and find alternative means to move forward from this perennial problem,” Cayetano said in a statement.
“We should do away with the old thinking that cars are for the rich and bikes are for the poor. Increasingly, we see more people coming to work on two wheels, young and old, from vendors to workers, professionals, and even executives.”
Under Cayetano’s bill, the transportation and public works departments and local government units shall create bicycle lanes.
The bike lanes shall be separated by a physical barrier, whenever possible, and shall be clearly identified with signs or pavement markings, according to the bill.
In cases where a physical barrier may not be installed, the lane for bicycles shall be identified through reflectorized painted lines.
Cayetano, a bike and fitness enthusiast, is also seeking to introduce traffic measures that would make bicycle-riding safer and easier, such as the introduction of traffic calming and speed reduction facilities, improvement of sidewalks and pedestrian and bicycle crossing, and installation of traffic signages.
Cayetano’s bill also mandates all public places, government offices, schools, major business establishments to provide adequate bike racks.