Thursday, August 1, 2013
ORGANIZERS of the Tindak Sugbo: Bike for Life expressed their advocacy to the city government to allocate bike lanes in the city during a press conference in West Gorordo Hotel on Gorordo Ave., Cebu City.
Ryan Noval, founder of Critical Mass Cebu, said their advocacy of promoting a bike
lane is to help lessen the traffic in Cebu.
In California, he said, people depend on bikes and prefer bikes to cars when they go to work.
“When I came back to Cebu three years ago, I noticed that the city government has become more and more exposed to road problems. More flyovers are built but they do not solve the problems at all,” Noval said.
“We have already passed a resolution to the city government through Linda Cabrera so that the government would provide a bike lane for us and we’re following it up,” he added.
“The resolution is also to help the people realize that there is another world existing aside from the world of cars,” Edna Lee said.
Lee said that aside from helping minimize the pollution, biking is also good for our health.
Monica Manluluyo said that last summer, they have started travel exhibitions.
They have organized nine activities since then.
“It is not only for fun but it also lessens air pollution, which is good for the community,” she said.
“If the government would not provide a bike lane, still we would keep on pedalling on the road to let them know that we have the right to use the road with our bikes,” Noval said.
“We will keep on pounding the government. The more we can push them, the faster we help clean our air,” she said.
Cebu’s Bike Culture is categorized into six sub-organizations: Bike for Sustainability, Bike for Creativity, Bike for Health, Bike for Sports, Recreation, and Livability, Bike for Culture, and Bike for Work and Technology.
Each sub organization is composed of different groups but have the same mission which is to enlighten, empower, and engage. (Jonathan Mansueto, USJ-R Mass Com Intern)