QUEZON City Mayor Joy Belmonte and the local government have been hailed for their efforts in pushing for sustainable alternative transportation and providing safe bike lanes for all.
The Department of Transportation together with the Department of the Interior and Local Government recognized the mayor and the city government during the recent 2023 National Bike Day Awards and Recognitions held in Iloilo City.
Regarded as one of the notable public officials, Belmonte was cited for her contribution and initiative in leading the local government in its advocacy to implement programs and policies for active transportation.
The city has bagged the Gold Award as well as the Bike Lane Infrastructure Quality Award during the event.
In a separate event – the Mobility Awards 2023 – the city was also awarded as the Most Bicycle-Friendly City, earning the gold award and ranking first among all cities in the country.
Other local government units (LGUs) that were exemplary in their bike lanes implementation were also recognized such as Iloilo City and Baguio City.
“The awards that we received from the national government and the private sector exemplify our commitment to foster road safety and accessibility. We are truly humbled and honored to have been recognized and we will continuously pursue the advocacy towards better, safer, and accessible active transportation for our QCitizens,” Mayor Belmonte said.
One of the key programs of the city is the conversion of a former dumpsite, the Payatas Controlled Disposal Facility into a bike park where cyclists can ride their bikes and enjoy the view overlooking the metropolis.
Moreover, the City Tourism Department led the promotion of the ‘Katipunan’ Freedom Trail which pays homage to the historical significance of the Katipunan while also encouraging the use of bike lanes.
In its bid to provide safe and protected bike lanes, the city government through the QC Parks Development and Administration Department and Department of Public Order and Safety – Green Transport Office has put plant boxes along the city’s major roads where the bike lanes are located.
The mayor reiterated the importance of active transportation which helps in maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle while reducing carbon emissions as part of QC’s commitment to the global community.