In the past few months, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto and the staff of the Pasig local government unit (LGU) have been applauded for their quick and efficient response to the pandemic that is COVID-19. The city has been transparent with its purchases for relief goods, started mass testing for frontliners, opened a centralized quarantine facility for suspected cases, and opened a mobile grocery for its citizens, among others.
Now, they’re adding another good initiative to the list! Staying true to the title ‘most bike-friendly city in Metro Manila,’ Mayor Vico Sotto announced that Pasic City will start a bike loan program for its employees by the end of the year. (Read: Marikina tricycle drivers undergo COVID-19 testing to ensure transport safety)
Help for Employees
The mayor says the program aims to help their employees who have a hard time going to work due to the lack of public transportation. The program will also ensure that employees get to purchase alternative modes of transportation such as bikes and scooters that can be used to report for work.
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To ensure that city bikers will get to work safely, Mayor Vico also announced that Pasig will implement more road safety measures to promote the use of bikes.
In a Facebook post, Mayor Vico wrote that they will be assigning bike lanes in major roads and conduct road safety measures for roads that cannot fit an additional lane for bikes. They will also install more bike racks for biker citizens to have more accessible parking spaces.
Where to get a bike?
Pasig is not the only city in Metro Manila wanting to promote the use of bikes. San Juan City, Quezon City, and Mandaluyong City are all planning and launching programs for the use of bikes in their respective cities. But if biking will become the new main mode of transportation in the Metro, where can citizens get a bike that can fit their needs?
NewsBike maker Alex Silva of Compact Utility Bike (CUB) sees the need for customized bikes that aren’t just for sports, but also for getting errands done around the city. Which is why he started making customizable bikes that tailor-fit his every customers’ needs.
“From road bikes to BMX, to mountain bikes, to fat tires and the most recent, gravel bikes and electric bikes—common to all of these is that they are designed for sports and recreation,” Silva says in an interview. He says through the CUB program, the Filipino skill and ingenuity will shine and bikes will now be made by Filipinos for Filipinos.
To learn more about CUB, visit their Facebook page.