THE local government of Quezon City gave away free helmets on Friday ahead of the implementation of an ordinance penalizing cyclists who do not wear one.
In its Facebook page, the Quezon City LGU showed its officials distributing helmets to bicycle riders, giving priority to senior citizens and the indigent.
Beginning on October 15, Ordinance No. SP-2942 which states that cyclists are required to wear a helmet while in the city, will be taking effect.
Quezon City has also recently opened bike lanes in some major thoroughfares in the city.
“Ngayong bahagi na ng new normal ang pagbibisikleta, nais nating gawing mas ligtas ang aktibidad na ito para sa mga dumadaan sa ating lungsod,” said Quezon City mayor Joy Belmonte.
“Makatutulong ang pagsusuot ng helmet upang maging maayos ang ating pagbiyahe at para ligtas tayong makarating sa ating pupuntahan,” she added.
A penalty of P1,000 for first offenders, and P3,000 and P5,000 for second and third offenders, respectively, will be handed out to riders caught not wearing a helmet inside Quezon City.