Pasay gears to establish bike transport under new normal

May 22, 2020

THE Pasay City Government is geared to promote and establish among its citizens the use of bicycle as alternative means of single-rider transportation under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) and up to the era of the ‘new normal.’

Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano said this measure would address the problems faced by many people with the limited means for mobility as operations of conventional public mass transport remain suspended, and, when allowed to resume, would be required to decrease their passenger volumes.

Many national and even global experts have also expressed anticipation that when the COVID-19 pandemic shall have been contained, there might still be a need to continue implementing a number of health protocols such as physical distancing and avoiding contact with “high-touch surfaces,” which are rather difficult to ensure in conventional public mass transport.

Mayor Emi said, “Bicycling is seen as one of the would-be dominant means of transportation of our people such as the workers, market-goers, public sector employees and many others who go on relatively short-distance trips daily.”

“Actually, biking may even be the more economical and practical way to go to work or buy something from the market, grocery or drugstore, as it doesn’t entail a fare, it doesn’t need fuel, it’s environment-friendly and it’s even healthy,” she added.