In a vlog titled “Triple Kill Bike Lane,” a vlogger with the username Don Escobar TV was seen riding his motorbike along Valenzuela City’s MacArthur Highway. He was constantly entering the bike lanes where he got caught three times.
On his first violation, he was ticketed and was given a 500-peso fine. However, the traffic enforcer noted that if the No Contact Apprehension Program (NCAP) caught him, he’ll be fined 2,000 pesos. Upon hearing the cost of the penalty, the vlogger begged the traffic officer if he could reduce it to a lower fine.
The video then shows that he repeated the violation multiple times and was caught by two more police officers. In those encounters, he showed his ticket and was only given reminders.
“Tangina, huli na naman ako. Bike lane na naman. Ayoko na dumaan sa bike (lane) niyo. Ang papangit niyo ka-bonding,” the vlogger said on cam.
The Facebook clip, which is now unavailable to the public, garnered thousands of shares and criticisms from people. It has also caught the attention of Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian. As of this writing, it’s still on Youtube.
“Don’t worry, the ncap cameras mahuhuli siya and send the fine sa bahay nila. Pero just the same we will track him down,’ Gatchalian tweeted. “Lagot sa akin yan…”
Valenzuela is trying to make its city a more livable place to its citizens by promoting active transport. In January, they strictly implemented bike lane rules along Mac Arthur Highway.
Bike lanes are seen by many motorists as an inconvenient addition on the road. However, it’s done to separate cyclists from motorized vehicles to keep them safe. It’s also a way to encourage more people to ride a bike instead of using space-hogging vehicles for transport.
The Philippine government is actively promoting the creation of bike lanes in Metro Manila. However, many of its cities are not as proactive as Valenzuela in terms of strictly enforcing rules.
Cover photo from Don Escobar TV Facebook page and screenshot from his channel.