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DOTr Launches 313-KM Metro Manila Bike Lane Network

It is the country’s longest bike lane network to date.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr), together with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), formally opened the 313-kilometer Metro Manila bike lane network on July 27. (Read: Pasig City to Roll out ‘Bike Loan’ Program for Employees)

In a statement, the DOTr said that the bike lane cuts through 12 cities: Pasig, Marikina, Quezon City, Caloocan, Manila, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati, Pasay, Las Piñas, Parañaque, and Taguig. The lanes also measure between 1.5 to 3 meters in width depending on the road’s configuration.

Ngayon, may lugar na para sa ating mga siklista dito sa ating pangunahing kalsada,” DOTr Transport Secretary Art Tugade said in his message delivered by DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Steven Pastor(Read: Biking 101: Traffic Rules and Etiquette for New Bikers)

“Malaking hakbang po ito nang sa ganoon ay mabago natin ang nakagawiang sistema at maitanim natin ang kultura, disiplina at kaayusan sa ating kalsada,” Tugade added.

The Metro Manila Bike Lane Network forms part of the completed 497 kilometers of bike lanes created in Metro Cebu and Metro Davao. 

Safety of cyclists 

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The Taguig government sets up bike lanes in the city in time for World Bicycle Day on June 3, 2020. It has an existing 6.9-kilometer protected bike lane on the stretch of Laguna Lake Highway in Bicutan. (Photo by Russell Palma / The Philippine STAR / OneNews.PH)

Safety is the major concern of cyclists in the Philippines. Since the COVID-19 pandemic has affected public transportation, many have resorted to using bicycles as their mode of transportation. (Read: DOLE to Give Out Free Bikes as Aid for Laid-Off Filipino Workers)

Tugade indicated that the Metro Manila bike lanes use concrete delineators and flexible rubber bollards to separate the bikers from motor vehicles. The bike lanes also make use of white and green pavement markings using thermoplastic paint, bollards bolted to the ground, bike symbols and signages, solar-powered road studs, and bike racks.

According to Pastor, the bike lanes maximize road space as these can accommodate 1,250 cyclists per hour for every meter of road space. 

More bike lanes in Metro Manila

DOLE to give out bikes for free
Photo from UNTV News

The transport official also mentioned that other parts of Metro Manila will also have their own bike lanes soon. (Read: DOLE to Give Bikes, Cellphones to Vaccinated Essential Workers)

“For the national government, meron pa po tayong tinatawag na South NCR bike lanes, which was recently procured by DPWH together with DOTr. Ito po ay nasa Las Piñas, Muntinlupa at Parañaque,” Pastor said.

Ang intensyon po natin dito is we will connect these three cities po dito sa existing bike lanes para interconnected po talaga at magamit ng ating mga kababayan, not only for social activities but also as a form of transportation going to and from work.”

Many cyclists have been demanding safe and inclusive bike lanes in the recent years. It will be helpful to every motorist if this project is executed properly and well-maintained.

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