Solon proposes incentives for 'bike-to-work' Filipinos

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 14) — With bicycles becoming more and more popular amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a lawmaker is pushing for incentives for Filipinos biking to work.

"Providing incentives for people who bike to work is a small price to pay for its immeasurable benefits," said Ang Probinsyano Party-list Representative Ronnie Ong. He said the proposed legislation which calls for protected bicycle lanes must also include incentives, like tax perks, extra pay credits, or food vouchers for working cyclists.

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The solon cited as examples countries such as The Netherlands, which pays their citizens $0.22 or ₱11 for every kilometer cycled free of tax. In the United Kingdom, British cyclists using their bicycles for business purposes are provided a "mileage allowance" of around $0.26 per mile or approximately ₱13.

“Of course these are rich countries, so we could instead provide incentives in the form of food vouchers which can only be used to buy food commodities," he observed.

Ong added that providing incentives, the government could convince more people to keep using bicycles in their daily commute even after the pandemic is over.