Don't be surprised if you'll start seeing more bicycle lanes being put up in Metro Manila. That's because the government recently announced that they have formed a team that will prepare the design and construction of bicycle lanes across several key roads in Metro Manila.
In his recent report to the Congress, President Duterte stated that due to the continued threat COVID-19 poses against the riding public, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has been tasked of creating a Technical Working Group (TWG) that will oversee the design and construction of the new bicycle lanes.
“With the aim of increasing mobility during the new normal, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has created a Technical Working Group to directly coordinate with the DOTr (Department of Transportation) and MMDA (Metropolitan Manila Development Authority) for the preparation of conceptual design and construction of a Metro Manila-wide bicycle lane for national and local roads,” said the President.
He added that the group has already begun collecting data for the seven prioritized roads in Metro Manila. These include EDSA, Quezon Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue, Roxas Boulevard, R-10, C-5, and Marcos Highway.
With public transportation vehicles only allowed to carry 50% maximum capacity, as well as jeepneys yet to be allowed to ferry commuters, many are forced to purchase a bike and pedal their way to work.
As more and more commuters ride their bicycles, the DPWH's plan to create more bicycle lanes will ensure that those cycling on two wheels will benefit from having designated lanes, as well as be able to follow strict physical distancing guidelines.
Department of Interior & Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said that LGUs must make sure that all bicycle lanes must be free from any obstructions in order to prevent any potential accidents. Moreover, LGUs must also follow the DOTr design approach of putting up plastic bollards, stencil markings, and signage in the designated bike lanes for the safety of the bicycling public especially in major thoroughfares where fast-moving buses and other huge vehicles are passing through the same road.
With the government set to build more bicycle lanes, we are reminded that we have to share the road with those that use bicycles for commuting or going to work. Read up on our tips on how to safely share the road with bicycles as citizens continue to find ways to get to and from their jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.