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Can Osmeña Boulevard be declared car-free every Sunday?

That’s what ecology advocates asked Cebu City officials after last Sunday’s “Road Revolution” left the boulevard free for pedestrians in order to advocate a redesign of public roads to add bicycle lanes and wide sidewalks, and to shift to the use of environment-friendly transportation.

Vice Mayor Joy Augustus Young said they will study the proposal of environmental lawyer Antonio Oposa Jr. “Despite the complaints of the motorists, it went well but to close it every Sunday is a different matter. We have to study that,” Young said.
He said if ever the plan is approved, the road would be closed only after 4 p.m. until midnight on Sundays. “Based on last Sunday’s experience, the influx of people happens after 4 p.m. when the sun is about to set,” the vice mayor said.

Oposa, a Ramon Magsaysay awardee for his environment crusade, and several supporters yesterday submitted to the Cebu City Council a petition to overhaul the city’s road use system to prioritize pedestrians and bicycle riders. Their proposal calls for devoting 30 percent of the road for sidewalks, 30 percent for bicycle lanes, 30 percent for mass transport that is “Filipino-made” and pollution-free, and 10 percent for a greenbelt of gardens and trees.

Oposa later appeared in a Provincial Board (PB) session to promote the establishment of a bamboo railway system and solar energy “train.” Oposa gathered 20,000 signatures for the petition that seeks a pollution-free transportation system in Cebu. “Our mode of transportation is totally wrong. We need to change it,” Oposa said in last Sunday’s opening program of the Road Revolution, which was timed for Independence Day.