Sen. Villar Got Questions on “Bike Lane” Bill of Sen. Cayetano
VILLAR – Senator Cynthia Villar questioned the “Bike Lane” Bill proposed by fellow lawmaker Pia Cayetano amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought a lot of changes in the Philippines. Community quarantine measures are now up in the country in the pursuit to stop the spread of the disease.
PH is one of the over 200 countries and territories fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic. In the country, there is currently a total of 106,330 cases of coronavirus recorded as of this writing.
Out of the said total number, the Department of Health (DOH) noted 2,104 deaths and 65,821 recoveries as of this writing. The healthcare groups called the government for stricter quarantine measures so they can be more prepared for the fight.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte placed Metro Manila and other nearby areas to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) following the call of the healthcare industry.
One of the changes brought by COVID-19 pandemic is with regards to the mode of transportation. Several public transport halted operations in compliance with the MECQ.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of people turned to biking to get to work daily. In line with this, Sen. Pia Cayetano proposed a Bike Lane Bill that aims to create temporary bike lanes for “non-motorized vehicles”. Fellow lawmaker Cynthia Villar questioned it.
Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, Sen. Villar asked Sen. Cayetano in the plenary on how to build the temporary bike lanes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to her, there is no enough space.
“Most of our roads are 2 lanes and there is no room for additional lane… how do we intend to build this in this kind of situation?” she said.
Based on the report, the proponent of Senate Bill No. 1582 which aims for the creation of temporary bike lanes said that redefining the flow of traffic may solve the problem and warning signs, like in California, may be placed in areas where the bike lanes will merge with regular lanes.
Sen. Villar told Sen. Cayetano that she must be specific in her Bike Lane Bill so it would be implemented. The Las Piñas lawmaker thanked the former for her suggestions and assured that she will revisit her proposal.
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