The Quezon City local government unit on Saturday announced it will give away bicycle helmets to financially vulnerable riders, after a city ordinance was passed mandating helmet use.
“The city government will help those who are too financially vulnerable to comply with the recently passed Ordinance,” Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said.
“Gagawin natin ito upang matulungan ang mga nagbibisikleta na hindi kayang bumili ng helmet upang hindi masakripisyo ang kanilang kaligtasan,” she said.
A recent city ordinance required bicycle riders to wear helmets when traversing through the city’s roads.
Based on the ordinance, those who will be caught riding a bicycle without a helmet will fined 1,000 for the first offense; P3,000 for the second offense; and P5,000 for the third offense.
However, the city council agreed to cut down the fines after advocacy groups made an appeal.
Belmonte said the