IT WAS only on June 1, 2020 that public transportation was allowed to operate in Cebu City after the city transitioned from enhanced community quarantine to general community quarantine.
Even then, public transportation has been limited to buses, modern jeepneys and a few taxis, prompting some people to use bicycles to get to their destinations and back.
Today, these cyclists are becoming a familiar sight, especially since pre-pandemic traffic has yet to return. But when it does, the City Government wants to ensure that bicycles will have a place on the streets under the “new normal.”
On Sunday, June 7, 2020, Mayor Edgardo Labella announced on his Facebook page that Cebu City will soon have a bicycle lane.
The local executive formed an ad hoc committee composed of former Cebu City councilor Gerry Carillo, City Councilor Joel Garganera, the City Transportation Office (CTO) and the Land Transportation Office to study its feasibility.
Factors to be considered in the plan are the availability of road space and traffic impact, said Labella.
“We have to study which roads will be included because certain areas are risky. The impact of traffic should be of utmost consideration too,” he said.
He expects the ad hoc committee to submit its study within a few days.
Once he will receive the study, planning for the project will then follow.
Labella also directed the Cebu City Legal Office and the City Council to review the ordinance requiring bicycle owners to register their bicycles.
The ordinance, he said, was passed a long time ago and was never implemented.
“I will have it reviewed, including its provisions,” the mayor said.
Labella has suspended indefinitely the mandatory registration of bicycles and prohibition of their use in Cebu City streets effective Saturday, June 6.
This, after the CTO reminded cyclists to register their bicycles for safety purposes. / JJL