In another development a party-list lawmaker said the proposed Bicycle Law should also include giving incentives in the form of tax perks, extra pay credits or food vouchers for people who use bicycles to commute to their workplace.
Ang Probinsyano party-list Rep. Ronnie Ong stressed thisamid the increasing number of people who have resorted to bicycles as their mode of transportation.
Ong said the corona virus pandemic, which is now forcing a lot people to use bikes for mobility, has presented a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the government to solve two of the country’s biggest problems: pollution and traffic.
By “incentivizing” the use of bikes, the government may be able to convince people to continue using bicycles in their daily commute even after the pandemic is over and life as we know it is back to full normalcy.
Last June 11, 2020, Ong launched a #LibrengBisikleta program, as reported on his official Facebook page.
To date, he has turned over more than a dozen bicycles to security guards, utility workers, and manual laborers who were forced to walk to work because of the lack of jeeps or buses during the general community quarantine (GCQ).
Many of them come to Ortigas and Makati to work all the way from Antipolo, Katipunan or Manila.
Previously, they mentioned that they either had to walk for hours, or chance upon a neighbor or relative allowing them to borrow a bike.
The #LibrengBisikleta is still ongoing and their team is set to turn over more dozens of bikes to needy workers.