I was supposed to talk today about the preparations needed for the May 9, 2022 national elections. But I’ll set that aside for October 7, and instead, I’d like to talk about something whose time has come, which is, the need to require cyclists to wear a helmet when riding their bicycles.
As background, people have been cycling in the Philippines for decades. In fact, in an analysis done over a decade ago, the Philippines had one of the higher ratios of bicycles per households in the world. Most Filipinos learned to bike when they were young. In the provinces, the bicycle is arguably the most common mode of transportation.
Recently there has been a huge surge of people who use bicycles, specially to commute during the time of ECQ. Frontliners, in particular, resorted to using bicycles as a way to get to their medical facility,