Bike Lanes Act

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An Act to establish and integrate bicycle lanes in the Philippine Transportation system.

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EXPLANATORY NOTE

Mobility is rapidly increasing yet our transportation systems have almost remained the same. It is crucial for the government to work out ways to improve, control and plan transportation in order to improve the people’s welfare.

Indeed, our nation’s very roads provide a visual representation of our worsening and intertwined problems such as climate change, air pollution, rising costs of gasoline and other commodities, health problems, and other related social issues. These are most evident when congestion happens during rush hours and heavy rains.

This bill seeks to introduce a rather simple approach to our road problems: the promotion of bicycle friendly communities. The increasing use of motorized transport not only leads to road congestion but also to a corresponding increased demand for parking facilities. On the other hand, cycling is far more economical both in terms of direct user costs and public infrastructure costs.

Promotion of bicycle use ultimately translates to significantly reduced carbon emissions of the country because the only energy cycling requires is provided directly by the traveler, and the very use of that energy offers valuable cardiovascular exercise.

Rapidly increasing urbanization brings the urgent necessity to think about alternative transport concepts. Infrastructures can only be enlarged to a certain level because of the growing density of the population in cities. There is therefore a need to find creative ways, ideas and concepts for efficient and effective use of infrastructures.

Creation of proper infrastructure is therefore very crucial in establishing and promoting bicycle friendly communities. Without it, biking on Philippine roads, which is dominated by motor vehicles, also remains hazardous to the cyclist. Establishing bike lanes would empower citizens by providing them with a concrete alternative means of commuting. The integration of bicycling into the country’s transport system and city planning would ensure that the program becomes more permanent.

LUIS “LRAY” RAYMUND F. VILLAFUERTE, JR.