Taguig City on Wednesday launched a "comprehensive" bike program for the "new normal" as it sees biking as an essential mode of transportation for workers.
"We treat people who embrace active mobility, such as cyclists and pedestrians, as first-class citizens. We are preparing the infrastructure, the incentives, and other measures to make transport in the city safe, inclusive, and sustainable,” Mayor Lino Cayetano said in a press release.
Taguig City has set up bike lanes along Cayetano Boulevard and Bayani Road. It also renovated its protected bike lane along C6 Road for the bikers.
Under the program, an active transport office, which will study ways on how the local government could "champion" biking in the city has been created. The office will also design and implement a bike lending program for city hall employees.
According to Cayetano, they will procure bikes and helmets which may be borrowed by employees for their essential travels.
"It will also hone partnerships with the business sector, which is expected to play a central role in increasing bike-friendly spots across the city," he said.
"The Active Transport Office will contact malls and other establishments to provide bike racks for employees and customers, even to create programs to incentivize or subsidize those who would like to switch to biking as their method of transportation between work and home," he added.
On the other hand, he said law enforcers could also use bikes around the city. He added that a bike patrol team would also be deputized to move around the city to ensure that health and safety protocols are being observed.
The local government will issue a monthly "bike-friendly map" which will show bike lanes as well as bike racks across the city. Online classes about biking will also be made available for Taguig residents.
On June 1, the Bike-Friendly Taguig City Ordinance was signed as part of the city's aim of becoming a "bike city" while Metro Manila is under the GCQ . —Anna Felicia Bajo/LBG, GMA News