Resolution merging bike lanes, roads approved-A A +A
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
THE Iloilo City Council has approved a resolution urging the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to integrate the construction of bicycle lanes with the construction of new or existing roads in 2015.
Councilor Jason Gonzales, author of the resolution, said the Land Transportation Office (LTO) record showed six percent increase of vehicle registrations in 2012-2013 that showed the city streets cannot handle it anymore.
There is a need for multi modal transport system in Iloilo City such as the use of bicycle for work, school or play, he added.
Only one percent of the population using bicycle as mode of transportation is already equal to 15 percent reduction in gas emission as used by gas driven vehicles, the city councilor said.
Gonzales cited the big cities of Beijing, China and Paris, France where several industries shut down because of smog, while the city of Copenhagen in Europe has the biggest bikers in the world contributing to less dependence on gasoline.
The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) has instituted some clean air initiatives and encouraged reduction of private motor vehicle volume in preparation for full implementation of the comprehensive bike lane plan.
There is about 46 kilometers of bike lanes if completed to ensure healthy level of bikers in the city. (LCP)