“Whatever you’re cycling for, the bike lanes are for you,” said Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte during her speech at the Bike Run Activity held in celebration of the city’s 82nd founding anniversary on Sunday.
The bike run activity was also attended by Metro Manila Development Authority Benjamin Abalos Jr. and Department of Transportation Asec. for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Steven Pastor.
QC officials also joined the bike run led by City Administrator Michael Alimurung, Department of Public Order and Safety head Gen. Elmo San Diego (Ret.), Department of Building Official head Atty. Mark Dale Perral, TF for Transport and Traffic Management action officer Dexter Cardenas, QC Police District chief BGen. Antonio Yarra, and representatives from other city departments.
Several city councilors likewise participated in the event such as Coun. Mikey Belmonte, the author of SP 2988-2020 known as QC Safe Cycling and Active Transportation Ordinance; Coun. Ivy Lagman, and Coun. Irene Belmonte.
Bike cycling enthusiast and District 6 Congressman Kit Belmonte also graced the bike run activity.
Mayor Belmonte together with guests, other city officials, and biking groups cycled along the bike lanes from QC Hall, Elliptical Road, up to Commonwealth Avenue and back.
On his second time participating in QC bike run activity, MMDA Chairman Abalos lauded Mayor Belmonte and the city government for its successful bike lane network project, and other city-initiated programs.
“I would like to commend Quezon City dahil it’s one of the first LGUs na nagkaroon ng bike lanes sa Metro Manila. And not only that, I would like to congratulate Mayor Joy and Coun. Mikey for sponsoring the active trasport ordinance that for me, should be emulated and adapted by LGUs in Metro Manila,” Abalos said.
“In Quezon City, we believe that bikers are not second class citizens that’s why we are committed in providing them safe and improved bike lanes,” said Mayor Belmonte.
The city also plans to further expand the 93-kilometer bike lane network to 161 kilometers to promote biking as an alternative transportation, and as the city’s commitment to sustainable recovery and reducing air pollution by 2030.