THE Baguio City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance allowing the designation of lanes for pedestrians, joggers and bicycles in all feasible roads in the city.
Councilor Lilia Fariñas, in her proposed ordinance, said the designation of such a lane will promote pedestrianization of the city and mitigate, if not eradicate, air pollution.
With the designation of such lane, motorists will be compelled to slow down and take extra caution.
The ordinance covers only roads within the city. National and regional highways are excluded.
Under the proposed ordinance, the pedestrian and bicycle lane shall run parallel to the right side of the road or street identified by a 4-inch white and yellow, diagonally stripe line, painted with standard road paint.
Motorists or drivers who do not slow down when passing near the pedestrian or bicycle lane will be fined P3,000 for the first offense; P4,000 for the second offense; and P5,000 or imprisonment of one month or both upon the discretion of the court for the third and succeeding offenses.
Penal provisions of the ordinance will not preclude the filing of separate cases that resulted to injury, damage to property or death to victims.
The ordinance is patterned after the best practices of urbanized economies such as Copenhagen, Norway and Amsterdam and the Netherlands, which promotes pedestrianization and bicycle lanes. (Dexter See)