The Billion-Peso Bike Lane Network Is Complete, Says DOTr

It has plastic bollards.

Bike lane along Roxas Boulevard in Manila
PHOTO Courtesy of Department of Transportation

(SPOT.ph) The lack of efficient public transportation in Metro Manila, especially during the pandemic, pushed a lot of commuters to use the bicycle in getting from one point to another. It's not easy though, especially when you have car owners who don't respect bike users or bike lanes that don't have delineators. In an effort to ensure our bikers' safety, the Department of Transportation officially opened the Metro Manila Bike Lane Network—"the country’s longest bike lane network to date" according to them.

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The bike lane has an overall length of 313 kilometers and passes through 12 cities: Pasig, Marikina, Quezon City, Caloocan, Manila, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati, Pasay, Las Piñas, Parañaque, and Taguig. Depending on the road, the lanes' measurement range from 1.5 to 3 meters. The Metro Manila Bike Lane Network is part of the 497-kilometer bike lane that also includes Metro Cebu and Metro Davao.

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The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (Bayanihan 2), which was signed into law on September 11, 2020, allotted P1.1 billion for the building of bike lanes along national roads. Under the budget, P800 million are set aside for the construction of over 338 kilometers of bike lanes in Metro Manila, P150 million for the 140-kilometer bike lanes in Metro Cebu, and another P150 million for the 43-kilometer bike lane ni Metro Davao, according to Transportation Assistant Secretary Steve Pastor in April.

PHOTO Courtesy of Department of Transportation
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According to a statement by the Department of Transportation, the lanes use concrete delineators and flexible rubber bollards to separate the bikers from motor vehicles. Some lanes have white-and-green pavement markings, bike symbols and signage, and solar-powered road studs. Bike racks have also been installed all over the Metro.

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