PASIG CITY, July 12 (PIA) —- Wanting cleaner air and lesser pollution, the Pasig City Council passed an ordinance promoting biking as an environmentally sound mode of transportation.
The ordinance, "Bicycle Transportation Promotion Ordinance of 2011,” authored by Councilor Agustin Alexee Santiago, signed by all members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod and Mayor Bobby Eusebio cited the need to promote non-motorized transportation in order to have a cleaner environment through lesser pollution.
The ordinance states that an estimated 60 percent of the air pollution in Pasig City comes from smoke-belching vehicles and ever-increasing number of vehicles on the road that contribute immensely to the worsening of the air quality in the Philippines, particularly in Metro Manila.
The ordinance also calls for the designation of exclusive lanes for bike riders on major streets based on the Bike Map Guide developed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.
According to the ordinance, bikers must use protective gears and rear lighting at night to avoid being penalized. Those caught without the required gear would be given a citation ticket on the first offense and pay a fine of P150, P300 for second-time offenders.
For those who will be caught without a rear light, they will be fined P200 (first offense), P350 (second), and P500 (third).
The ordinance also indicates that motorists obstructing the bike lanes will be asked to pay a fine ranging from P200 to P500.
Business establishments who fail to provide bicycle parking racks will also be penalized, with fines ranging up to P5,000.
To ensure the safety of bikers on alleys and narrow streets, the city government will set up bike patrols to monitor and patrol bike lanes. (RJB/SDL/PIA-NCR)