Based on Ordinance no. 19 Series of 2019, a measure on motorcycle and bicycle parking in the City of Baguio, owners of buildings and establishment parking sites should designate a portion of their parking lots for motorcycles and bicycles.
The need for such has been recognized because according to the measure, “Nowadays, there are numerous individuals and associations that prefer motorcycles and bicycles as their mode of transportation (but) riders find difficulty in parking due to lack of parking spaces designated for their means of transport that often times, they park their (ride) in any space or area causing obstruction to motor vehicles and pedestrians alike.”
The following are covered by the ordinance:
- buildings required by law to provide parking spaces
- establishments which provide parking spaces for employee, client and/or tenant usage
- parking areas whether pay or free parking maintained, managed or supervised by the City Government of Baguio, barangay or private entity
- designated common parking space
The establishments covered by the ordinance will be notified and are expected to comply within 30 days after the notification.
Within the ordinance provisions, it is stated that building owners, the management or officers-in-charge are the ones to determine the number of parking slots, provided that the minimum should be two slots for motorcycles and two slots for bicycles with bicycle rack to be provided in the designated parking space.
Aside from this, they’re also mandated to have signages posted in the designated areas saying, “Motorcycle Parking” and “Bicycle Parking”.
On the implementation
While the City Buildings and Architecture Office (CBAO) is assigned to oversee the implementation of this measure, the City Engineering Office-Traffic and Transportation Management Division is also expected to designate the areas for motorcycle and bicycle parking in lanes within the Central Business District, excluding those where they are not allowed to pass. On the other hand, the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) should do this as well, in city parks where parking is applicable. As per ordinance, all of this should be implemented within 30 days from effectivity.
Aside from this, barangays may also do the same by designating parking space for motorcycles and bicycles within their area coverage.
Building or establishment owners who violate the ordinance will be fined initially with PHP5,000.00 and another PHP5,000.00 for every one month delay in compliance. On one hand, vehicles that will park in designated areas for motor and bicycles and vice versa will also held liable for illegal parking.
Authors of the new ordinance are Couns. Benny Bomogao, Michael Lawana, Faustino Olowan, Vice-Mayor Edison Bilog, Couns. Leandro Yangot Jr., Edgar Avila, Joel Alangsab, Maria Mylen Victoria Yaranon, Peter Fianza, Lilia Fariñas, Arthur Allad-iw, Francisco Roberto Ortega VI and Levy Lloyd Orcales.