COUNCIL MOVES TO REPEAL ANTI-BIKE ORDINANCE
THE Sangguniang Panlungsod on Tuesday approved on first reading a proposed ordinance that will repeal two ordinances that ban bicycles in certain portions of Iloilo City.
Up for repeal are Iloilo City Ordinance Nos. 354 series of 1982 and 129 series of 1983.
Councilor Jay Treñas, proponent of the repeal ordinance, said revoking the old ordinances would erase all grey areas and confusion, especially among bikers.
With passage on first reading, the proposed ordinance was referred to the concerned committee for hearings.
The 37-year-old ordinance became the subject of a controversial online report by a local radio station citing Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) head Jeck Conlu as saying that they will apprehend violators of the decades-old ordinance.
The report caused uproar among bikers and despite Conlu’s clarification that he was misquoted in the report, it did not stop more than 500 bikers from holding a Liberation Ride on Monday to call for the repeal or amendment of the ordinance.
Aside from advocating for the repeal of the old city ordinance, the bikers also pushed for the passage of a new ordinance which will lay down the guidelines and rules for the protection of bikers in the city and the completion of the University Loop Bike Lanes in the city.
Treñas said they have plans to propose another ordinance for the bikers in the metro but stressed that the first step should be the repeal of the 1982 ordinance.
He also hopes that the SP would pass the ordinance without a committee hearing.
Earlier, Conlu and the Office of the City Mayor have sent letters to the City Council also proposing for the amendment or repeal of Ordinance No. 354-1982.