MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has inaugurated the Philippines’ longest bike lane network in Metro Manila on Tuesday (July 27).
DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Steven Pastor said the bike lane can accommodate 1,250 cyclists per hour for every meter of road space.
The Metro Manila Bike Lane Network has an overall length of 313 kilometers and cuts through 12 cities: Pasig, Marikina, Quezon City, Caloocan, Manila, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati, Pasay, Las Piñas, Parañaque, and Taguig.
“With the completion of bike lanes, cyclists are provided with safe spaces on the road as they pedal to work and to other places,” according to DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade in his message delivered by Pastor.
“May lugar na para sa ating mga siklista dito sa ating pangunahing kalsada. Malaking hakbang po ito nang sa ganoon ay mabago natin ang nakagawiang sistema at maitanim natin ang kultura, disiplina at kaayusan sa ating kalsada (There are now areas for our cycliss on major roads. This is a huge step for us so that we can change the old system and instill culture, discipline, and order on our roads),” Pastor said.
Meanwhile, the transport official also shared that other parts of Metro Manila will also have their own bike lanes soon.
Pastor said there will be a South National Capital Region (NCR) which was procured by the Department of Public Works and Highways together with DOTr, which will be Las Piñas, Muntinlupa at Parañaque. –AAC