Metro Manila ramp up bike lanes as more workers opt for bike-to-work routine

Aileen Cerrudo

Several cities in Metro Manila ramped up their bicycle lanes as more workers opted for bike-to-work routine amid the limited public transportation due to community quarantine.

In San Juan City, yellow markers and bike lane signage were placed along bicycle lanes to guide cyclists. Bollard will also be installed to ensure their safety.

According to San Juan City Mayor Francisco Zamora, they launched their pop-up bicycle on Wednesday (June 3) in celebration of World Bicycle Day.

“Wala siyang polusyon, siya ay nag-oobserve ng physical at social distancing kaya kung mapapansin mo iyong bike lanes natin talagang good for one bike at tsaka one direction lang (There is no pollution, and [it] observes physical and social distancing. You can notice that our bike lanes are only good for one bike and one direction),” he said on Wednesday (June 3).

Taguig City reopened the bike lane along C6 road and installed additional bike lanes along Cayetano Boulevard and Bayani Road. The local government said they will add more bike routes, as well as launch a Bike Lending Program for employees in the city.

Meanwhile, Quezon City aims to extend its 55-kilometer bike lane to 161 kilometers and upgrade its signage and infrastructure for the safety of the cyclists.

As more workers riding their bicycles to work, EDSA Evolution Spokesperson Keisha Mayuga said it would be a big help to install protected bike lanes to prevent unnecessary accidents.

“Importante na markahan iyong bike lanes para aware din ang mga motorists and road users na may bike lanes. And iyong pinakamaganda talaga is for protected bike lanes (It is important for bike lanes to be marked so that motorists and road users will be more aware of bike lanes. And what is even better are protected bike lanes),” she said. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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