Amendment being pushed against Baguio’s bike ban

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Baguio City (CNN Philippines) — City Mayor Mauricio Domogan is pushing to amend the ordinance banning scooters, motorcycles, and bikes within Baguio City after receiving flak on social media.

Domogan’s recent memorandum directs Police Chief Supt. George Daskeo to implement traffic regulations on motorized two-wheeled vehicles in the Summer Capital.

The mayor said he issued the memorandum due to complaints about motorcycles on Session Road, Baguio's main thoroughfare.

Domogan, however, said he personally wanted the ordinance to be amended, but it was not in his power to do so.

People on social media mistook it as a new law, but the ban on motorcycles and tricycles within the city actually dates back to 1948.

It was amended in 1960, allowing the mayor to issue temporary riding permits for tourists. And in 1965, the ordinance was amended to exempt motorcycles, bikes, and tricycles that are intended for hire at Burnham Park, as well as vehicles used for couriers and newspaper deliveries.

Domogan said no law or legal measure was passed to nullify the existing ban on tricycles, motorcycles, and bikes. But for years, this ban has only been implemented within the central business district, especially along Session Road.

Following a dialogue with the Cordillera Motorcycle Riders Federation, Inc. last Monday, Domogan said he will write the city council on Thursday (February 17), to propose amendments to the existing ordinance.

The mayor said the amendments would allow motorbikes in any part of the city, except Session and Harrison Roads.

For now, Domogan said motorcycles are allowed to ply the streets, particularly along Session Road. Tricycles are still banned in all areas of the city.

As for bicycles, attempts have been drawn to exclude them from the ordinance. The city government also proposed to create bike lanes for cleaner air, but this plan has yet to be executed.

 

Baguio-based journalist Karlston Lapniten contributed to this report.