AFTER installing bicycle lanes, the Mandaue City Government will put in place protective barriers on the bike lanes.
This, as the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) calls the local government units to provide protective barriers for bikers.
Lawyer John Eddu Ibañez, executive secretary of Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes, said even before the release of the DILG memorandum, the City had already planned to install bicycle lanes and protective barriers.
Ibañez said the barriers will remind the motorists that the bicycle lanes are exclusive for bikers.
The barriers will also encourage the first-time bikers to use the bicycle lanes for it will give them a feeling of security.
Ibañez said the protective barriers will be installed along the bicycle lanes in Barangay Centro, at North Reclamation Area and in other streets with high volume of vehicles.
The Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team) has allocated a budget for the barriers, and it has a design of the barriers that will be composed of pipes, concrete and ropes.
Team head Jammal Calipayan, a lawyer, said the materials for the barriers will be procured at a minimal cost.
The installation of the barriers will start after the City Planning Office wraps up its study by the end of September.
Ibañez said the problem with some motorists is that they disrespect the bikers by parking on bicycle lanes and overtaking bikers who are traveling along lanes.
The Team has been reprimanding wayward motorists, he said.
To also reinforce the guidelines on bicycle lane usage, Ibañez requested City Councilor Jimmy Lumapas, chairman of the transportation committee, to craft an exclusive ordinance for bicycle lanes with corresponding penalties for violators.
Cebu City bike lane In Cebu City, the design of the bicycle lanes that the Cebu City Government set out to establish is still being studied.
City Attorney Rey Gealon, spokesperson of Mayor Edgardo Labella, said they included in the study the installation of protective barriers.
Labella announced the establishment of bicycle lanes in the city on his Facebook page on June 7, 2020.
What makes the study on the bicycle lane route complicated is that it also considers the route of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, according to Gealon.
Gealon said the City wants to establish bicycle lanes for longterm use. So the BRT project has to be considered in the study so once the project resumes, the bicycle lanes will not be affected. / KFD & JJL