The Department of Transportation (DOTr), in partnership with the Department of Highways and Works (DPWH), proudly announced that the 338-km bike lanes under the Bayanihan Act 2 will be completed in June 30, 2021. It is part of the nationwide bike lane project which has a total length of 535 kilometers including in Metro Cebu and Metro Davao.
A joint inspection by various groups was held last June 9
The two government agencies were joined by the Congress Representatives and Members of Bikers Association in inspecting the progress of the protected bike lanes in Roxas Boulevard. Transportation Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Steven Pastor and DPWH NCR Regional Director Eric A. Ayapana spearheaded the joint inspection.
Also present in the joint inspection were Representative France L. Castro of ACT Teachers Partylist, Rodolfo M. Ordones of Senior Citizens Partylist, representatives of Committee on Transport headed by its Chairperson Honorable Edgar Mary S. Sarmiento, and members of Hataw Padyak and Bikers Club.
The bike lane aims to reduce carbon emissions
According to the DOTr, the bike lanes should encourage more motorists to go for a greener mode of transportation. Concrete blocks, reflectors, and markings have been built by the government agency to protect cyclists from possible collisions with vehicles and motorcycles. Eric A. Ayapana also announced the upcoming construction of protected bike lanes around the South that includes Alabang, Muntinlupa, Las Piñas, and Paranaque.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), led by Chairman Benjamin ‘Benhur’ Abalos Jr., has committed to keeping the bike lane exclusive for cyclists only. Motorists who will use the bike lanes will be fined accordingly.
It promotes a sustainable future
In addition, SM Cares support the government’s bike lane project considering its eco-friendly factors that reduce carbon emissions from internal combustion engines (ICEs). As such, SM Cares handed out SM’s Biker’s Manual for free for those who are planning to be part of the cycling community.
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