However, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) assured that it is not taking this issue lightly. Assistant transport secretary Steve Pastor reminded bicycle users who disregard the rules and pose danger to other road users: “Discipline should start from themselves (bikers).”
Among the common traffic violations by cyclists using the bike lanes are counterflowing, speeding, ignoring pedestrian lanes, showboating, and beating the red light, just to name a few.
To help enforcers carry out regulations, Pastor suggested that officials of local government units pass a city or municipal ordinance making bikers liable to their unruly behavior on the road.
There were also suggestions to require cyclists to wear proper riding gear like a bicycle helmet, shoes, gloves and protective eyewear, especially when they use bike lanes.
“Patuloy tayong nakikipag-coordinate sa mga enforcers tulad ng LTO, MMDA, PNP at ganun na rin po sa ating mga local government unit upang sila ay magpasa ng mga ordinansa para mag-penalize sa mga hindi sumusunod sa traffic rules and regulations,” Pastor emphasized.
He also assured that the DOTr will continue distributing Bike Manuals to remind bikers on traffic discipline and the proper use of bike lanes.
Yesterday, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio led the virtual launch of the 54.744-km local bike lane network, which is complete with safety equipment like bollards, concrete barriers, and traffic signs to guide cyclists.
This new project completes the 497-km bike lane network across Davao City, Metro Manila and Metro Cebu, according to the agency.
“Ngayong narito na ang pasilidad, ako po ay nakikiusap sating mga kababayan—mapa-cyclist, motorista, o pedestrian ka man, gamiting natin ito ng tama. Pairalin natin ang respeto at kortesiya sa kalsada para everybody safe, everybody happy,” says Tugade.
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