Mayor Vico promotes “bike to work” to help ease traffic

  • Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto is encouraging residents to use bikes on their way to work
  • He said using bikes to work will help ease traffic in the city
  • Earlier, the Pasig City Transportation Department declared biking as an essential mode of transportation

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto is encouraging commuters to consider using bikes on their way to work.

Image by Pasig City PIO via Facebook

As transport restrictions ease with the declaration of general community quarantine, Mayor Vico said it’s best to use bikes to help lessen traffic. In a Facebook live, Mayor Vico said that since the major cause of traffic are private cars, he suggested the employees to “bike to work.”

He said, “We’re promoting bicycle riding and other alternative modes of transportation dahil alam po natin kung gaano katrapik dito sa Pasig. Alam po natin na 90% ng trapik na ‘yan ay galing sa private cars.”

Mayor Vico said despite the hot weather in the country, the use of bikes has already been proven by some of his employees.

“Ngayong quarantine napatunayan natin na ‘yung bike riding puwede dito sa Pilipinas kahit mainit. ‘Yung mga ibang staff ko… mga staff namin dito nagba-bike to work hindi naman po sila masyadong mabaho kahit pinapawisan sila nang konti inaamoy ko sila mabango pa naman. Okay naman, bike riding works kahit sa maiinit na lugar,” he said.

Image by PNA

Earlier, the Pasig City Transportation Department earlier declared biking as an essential mode of transportation. They passed Executive Order 18 series of 2020 that allows bicycle shops and businesses primarily engaged in the repair and maintenance of bicycles to operate even if the city is on lockdown.

Last March, Pasig City decided to repurpose its “Bike Share” units to help frontliners get to work. They also started creating bike lanes and extending the sidewalks in some areas in the city to make the streets safer for bikers.