Shop owner hopes he had more bikes to lend to Davao City frontliners

By Ivy Tejano

DAVAO CITY - The EZ Ride Bike Shop has so far lent 160 bicycles to frontliners who have had a hard time getting to work following the implementation of an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the city.

Bike shop owner Martin Zaldivar said he had earlier mounted the lend-a-bike initiative to help all frontliners after public transportation was suspended all over the city as a measure to help curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Zaldivar said the EZ Ride Bike Shop has lent 160 bicycles to health workers from various hospitals, grocery employees, merchandisers and security guards here in the city.

He added that he decided to lend their bicycles to essential sectors since there were no jeepneys plying the streets around the city.

The movement of lending bicycles to Davao frontliners started with only four bikes, Zaldivar said, adding that the project has shed light on the transportation situation of the frontliners.

“We hope we can lend more bikes to our health professionals. This project allowed people to acknowledge and support our workers who are manning the fort and fighting against the COVID,”he said.

Zaldivar said that frontliners need only to show an identification (ID) card, a photo or image of his/her certificate of employment, and borrower’s name, address and contact number for them to avail of free use of a bicycle. The bicycles need only be returned to EZ Ride shop when the lockdown is lifted.