DOTr opens 313-km Metro Manila bike lanes
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Tuesday formally opened the 313-kilometer Metro Manila bike lane network, the third of three protected bike lane segments constructed using the government’s pandemic response fund last year.
“With the completion of the bike lanes, cyclists are provided with safe spaces on the road as they pedal to work and to other places,” said Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade in a message read by Assistant Secretary Mark Steven Pastor during the bike lane’s inauguration.
The bike lanes have white and green pavement markings using thermoplastic paint, bollards bolted to the ground, bike symbols and signages, solar-powered road studs and bike racks to ensure the safety and convenience of cyclists.
The Metro Manila segment is part of the 497-km bike lane, with 129 km in Metro Cebu and 55 km in Metro Davao. The DOTr spent over P801.8 million for the Metro Manila bike lanes from the P1.3 billion fund from Bayanihan 2.
—MARIEJO S. RAMOS
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