Senator Ralph Recto on Friday urged the government to designate parking spaces for bicycles, not just lanes, to encourage more people to use bikes on their way to workplaces during the new normal.
“It is not enough that we set aside passageways for bicycles. We should also see to it that the public places they’re going to have spots where they can leave their bikes safely,” he said.
Recto said the government should lead by example, by putting up bike racks in its offices and in public schools, colleges, hospitals and markets.
Bicycle parking spaces and lanes do not require detailed engineering studies, are easy to build, and cost little, he said. “If we are willing to borrow P11.5 billion for every kilometer of subway, then this is something we can afford.”
Recto said malls should now dedicate and expand parking areas for bicycles which must be secure, and above all, free of charge.