LOOK: Pasig Leads the Way for More Protected Bike Lanes

Mayor Vico Sotto shared how Julia Vargas Avenue is changing.

(SPOT.ph) Ortigas is one of the few places in Metro Manila where walking doesn't sound like such a bad idea—and it looks biking might soon be one more bonus to working and living in the business district. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto recently shared plans to split an entire lane of Doña Julia Vargas Avenue, one of the business center's main arteries, between just bikes and motorcycles. Some of the other main streets in Pasig are also being upgraded to offer more protection for bikers, according to an update by the Pasig City Transport Development and Management Office. 

What's the Plan for Ortigas Bike Lanes?

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The city mayor prefaced his post on Twitter with, "Some car owners will continue to complain and ask for the [three] car lanes back in J.Vargas." The Ortigas Business District has long been the type of place you drive to, or through, but priorities are now shifting to include more modes of transport. Sotto pointed out that despite continuing complaints, the road's new layout—two car lanes plus a motorcycle and bike lane halving the third with a barrier in between the two—"will actually have higher carrying capacity." It was not specified which study was used as basis for the statement.

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Pasig local government is working with the Department of Public Works and Highways for the improvements on the main avenue. The new scheme of protected bike lanes aims to improve road safety and, of course, create more space for alternative means of transport.

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Other main streets in the Ortigas business district are also gearing up their bike lanes. The Pasig City department shared an update on protective barriers now bordering bike lanes along the Emerald, ADB, and Julia Vargas Avenues. Sotto says that a barrier will also be put up along Market and Amang Rodriguez avenues.

The call for a more pedestrian and bike-friendly Metro Manila has gotten louder since the quarantine started and transport options became limited, and several localities have put up pop-up bike lanes on their streets. Ortigas' barriers present a more permanent and protected option for the city's cyclists. 

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