DOTr, DPWH fast-tracks bike lane construction on major roads

Updated Apr 26, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Expect its completion before this year ends.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) aims to promote a healthier and more eco-friendly mobility alternative for Filipinos by constructing bike lanes which can now be seen in EDSA. It is constructed with concrete blocks and reflectors, as well as marked with bright green paint in some stretches to protect cyclists.

To fast-track the completion of the bike lanes, Transportation Assistant for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Steven Pastor, along with Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) officials, inspected the ongoing construction in EDSA to ensure its safety and security for users.

DOTr bike lane in EDSA

A safer road that cyclists can use for their daily commute

Not only will the bike lanes provide a dedicated and safer road for cyclists, but these will also help reduce the air and noise pollution from driving an automobile. This is a good start especially now that the automotive industry that will soon phase out internal combustion engine (ICE) cars mainly to reduce carbon emissions.

Other types of mobility such as motorcycles are not allowed to enter the bike lanes at any time. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), led by Chairman Benjamin ‘Benhur’ Abalos Jr., will be manning the bike lanes to ensure that only cyclists should benefit from the project and violators shall be fined.

Bike lane in EDSA in bright green

Expect completion before 2021 ends

Both the DOTr and DPWH have been busy with the continuous construction of various roads in the country amidst the ongoing threats of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) expressed its gratitude towards the two government agencies for their unrelenting support for its Skyway Stage 3 project.

As of this writing, the bike lanes are 55 percent completed of the 535-kilometer target which includes the networks in Cebu and Davao. The DOTr has partnered with SM Cares to provide a free bike safety manual for the safer use of bike lanes. It aims to finish the project before the end of the year.

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Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez

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Rex started off his career in the aviation industry before entering Philkotse as a staff writer. Two things excite him the most: first is staying up to speed with the latest news in the industry that uses engines as their heart and soul. The second is imparting them in a well-detailed manner. His passion for anything with wheels started when he was young – from Tamiyas to family-friendly sedans, and anything in between.

Someday, Rex only wishes to drive on random highways with friends in a third-gen Mitsubishi Delica with aftermarket sunroofs, if he couldn’t get the Starwagon Super Exceed edition.

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