Bicycle lanes for Mandaue

THERE will be no more need for bicycles to compete with other vehicles in Mandaue City for space as the City Government will soon set up bicycle lanes.

John Eddu Ibañez, Mayor Jonas Cortes’ executive secretary, said the City has started to procure the paint needed to mark bicycle lanes on designated roads.

He also announced that Cortes will not require cyclists to register their bikes.

The City Planning Office already made a study on the lanes, which will be installed at the side of identified roads.

Bicycle lanes will be set up on A.S. Fortuna St., A.C. Cortes Ave., P. Burgos St., Gomez St., A. del Rosario St., A. Logarta St., E.O Perez St., Zuellig St., Ouano Ave., Mantawi Drive and S.B. Cabahug St.

Bicycle lanes will also be set up on H. Abellana St., M.C. Briones St., M.L. Quezon St. and H. Cortes St., but these can only be used between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Ibañez said the project will be implemented as soon as possible.

To ensure that cyclists stick to bicycle lanes and other vehicles do not encroach on designated lanes, Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue personnel took a seminar on the matter.

That way, Ibañez said, only cyclists will be allowed to ply the lanes reserved for them.

He said they will conduct more education and information campaigns on the proper way to use bicycle lanes. He emphasized that even though cyclists don’t have to register their bicycles, traffic rules still apply to them.

Meanwhile, the “bikes for free” campaign, a personal initiative of Ibañez, turned over three bicycles to deserving individuals on Monday, June 8, 2020.

One of them is Camilo Villanueva, who used to pedal 38 kilometers using his 10-year-old bicycle from his residence in Compostela town to his workplace in Mandaue City and back home. (KFD)