Bikers will not be required to wear face shields in Pasig City.
In a social media post Saturday (December 19), the Pasig City Transport Development and Management Office said, “evidence shows and consultation among bikers reveal that biking while wearing a face shield is dangerous.”
The announcement came after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) approved recently the recommendation to require the wearing of face shields and face masks outside the home to prevent the spread of coronavirus cases during the holiday season.
The latest government policy however, raised concern among members of the biking community.
The cycling advocacy group Cycling Matters on Friday (Dec. 18) urged the government to take into account the “specific conditions of cycling.”
“We have not found data suggesting that the use of face shields while riding a bike is an effective method of curbing transmission. But there are plenty of reasons why using face shields while cycling poses significant challenges to riding safely,” the group said in a statement.
The group pointed out that wearing face shield while riding affects the cyclist’s vision, makes it more difficult to breath, and can be difficult to wear with a helmet and eyewear.
“Some face shields are also potentially dangerous in the event of a crash, as the materials used are not designed for active wear and actually cause injury,” the group added.