The Davao City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) warned motorists against blocking bicycle lanes, unless they want to pay the fines and penalties that go with such violation.
“Gina-finalize na nato ang penalties sa parking or obstruction sa bike lanes. Since naa na man ta’y bike lanes, so, mag-implement na pud ta nga dapat walay mo-parking diha (We are finalizing the penalties for the [illegal] parking on or obstruction of our bike lanes. Since we already have it, so, we will be imposing rules that no one should be parking there),” CTTMO Chief Dionisio Abude said in a news release distributed by the City Information Office.
The city government is currently harmonizing some provisions of the city Bicycle Ordinance and the Traffic Code of Davao.
Abude said car drivers who park on bicycle lanes may be charged with illegal parking and fined P500. They could also be charged for disregarding traffic signs.
Motorists are given only a maximum of 4 minutes to stop or drop passengers along designated bike lanes. Beyond that, the motorist will already be issued a citation ticket.
Abude said the CTTMO’s priority is the establishment of the Bike Management Team that will monitor the correct use of bike lanes in the city.
Davao City has 27 roads with new and upgraded bike lanes.
The city government is also collaborating with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) XI to create more dedicated lanes for bicycle riders along the Carlos P. Garcia Highway (Diversion Road), Davao-Bukidnon Highway, Matina Aplaya to Ecoland Drive, C. Bangoy St., Ecowest Drive, and Tulip Drive.
The CCTMO is working on educating more Dabawenyos about the safety and the proper use of bike lanes.
“Kung unsay mga rules and regulations with regards to motorists, in relation to traffic rules and regulations, is the same responsibility sa nagagamit sa atong bike lanes (Whatever rules and regulations we have with regards to motorists, in relation to traffic rules and regulations, it is still the same responsibility for our bike lane users),” Abude said.
Abude encouraged motorists and bikers to follow traffic rules and regulations religiously.
“Ang pinaka importante man gyud ani kay disiplina gyud sa mga nagabisikleta, nagagamit sa bike lanes ug motorists. Bisan asa ta nga lugar, atong ipatigbabaw gyud ang disiplina (What important is we have to enforce discipline among bike riders and motorists. Wherever it may be, we have to exercise the value of discipline),” he said.
Cycling became popular for Dabawenyos since the start of the pandemic. Bicycles have become a mode of transportation, especially for employees, when restrictions on public transportation were imposed.