QC to install more bike racks, repair stations

QC to install more bike racks, repair stations

By Rjhay E. Laurea

MANILA — The Quezon City government is pushing for a safer and greener alternative transport system and is set to establish various facilities for bikers following the completion of the 93-kilometer exclusive bicycle lanes.

This move is in line with the implementation of City Ordinance 2988-2020 or the QC Safe Cycling and Active Transport Ordinance of 2020. The ordinance, authored by Councilor Mikey Belmonte, ensures the safety and seamless travel of the cycling public in the city and promotes a healthier and active lifestyle.

“Nang magsimula ang pandemya noong nakaraang taon, nakita nating naging pangunahing mode of transportation na ang bisikleta. Kaya naman, sinikap ng pamahalaang lungsod na magkaroon ng maayos na pasilidad, daanan, at batas para naman maprotektahan natin ang mga biker lalo na sa pagbaybay nila sa mga pangunahing lansangan (When the pandemic began last year, we witnessed that bicycles became the main mode of transportation. That’s why, the local government diligently acted to provide the necessary facilities, roads, and lawa that will protect our bikers while traversing major thoroughfares),” Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

The ordinance mandates all city government offices and facilities to put up end-of-trip facilities or designated places that support bikers. Facilities include bike parking areas, shower facilities, and hydration areas.

Bike parking must be established in all government agencies in QC, as well as in MRT and LRT stations within the city. Further, through City Ordinance 2369-2014, establishments such as malls, restaurants, groceries, and banks are required to put up bike racks.

Green rest or repair stations will also be constructed in public areas. Common tools such as bike pumps, hex keys, and wrenches will be installed in a manner that prevents theft and vandalism while ensuring convenience in the use of cyclists.

Furthermore, separate shower facilities and changing areas for different genders will be installed close to the parking area. The hydration area will be located in close proximity to the entrances of city government buildings.

Soon, an additional 81.7 km of protected bike lanes will be opened, as stated in the city’s Enhanced Climate Change Action Plan for 2021-2050. A pedestrian and bikers bridge across Katipunan Road linking the Ateneo and Miriam Campuses with UP Campus will also be constructed.

“Bilang katuparan ng ating mithiing maging bike-friendly city ang lungsod, tuluy-tuloy ang mga programa natin. Maliban sa pagiging mode of transport, mainam din ang pagbibisikleta para mapanatili ang  malusog na pangangatawan at mabawasan ang carbon emission para sa mas malinis na hangin (We continue to implement programs for the realization of our goal to make QC a bike-friendly city. Aside from becoming a mode of transportation, bicycles can also be an effective tool to maintain a healthy body and to reduce carbon emission for us to be able to have a clean air),” Mayor Belmonte explained.

To ensure the strict implementation of the ordinance, the city has also established the QC Bicycle and Active Transport Section (BATS) under the Green Transport Office of the Department of Public Order and Safety.

Bike patrols were also assigned to different areas to ensure the safety of the cyclists and apprehend motorists obstructing the exclusive bike lane.

Meanwhile, since August 2021, the city has distributed over 1,800 bicycles to daily wage workers and those most in need of an alternative mode of transport.

Helmets were also provided to over 12,300 bikers traversing the city before the implementation of the City Ordinance SP-2942 S2020 or the Bicycle Riders Helmet Ordinance of Quezon City.

To further promote cycling as active and healthier transport, the city organized various activities such as the Bike Run Activity during the city’s celebration of its 82nd founding anniversary.

On November 25, the local government will launch QC Cycle to End VAW as a kick-off event for the commemoration of the 18-day campaign to end violence against women.

This will be followed by the city’s celebration of the National Bike Day on November 28 to be held in the Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC) and in select portions of the QC Bike Lanes network. Events include a Bike Bazaar and short training programs in the QMC grounds. (ai/mtvn)

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