One of the most significant changes brought about by this COVID-19 pandemic is the emergence of bike lanes in Metro Manila. Granted, while there are already some areas in the capital with established road networks for bicycles, it’s still worth noting that we’ve seen more and more of these dedicated lanes pop up around the metro over the past several months.
The local government units of Pasig, San Juan, and Quezon City, for example, have made various efforts to expand and extend existing bike lanes, as well as creating new ones. Even the ever-notorious EDSA has seen the inauguration of bike lanes just recently.
Now, more good news for commuters—especially for frontline healthcare workers: the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has just opened a new bike lane network connecting major hospital districts around the city of Manila.
The new bike lane runs from Taft Avenue to Quirino Avenue and all the way to Roxas Boulevard, then onwards to United Nations Avenue. This creates a loop that reaches several hospitals in the vicinity, such as the Philippine General Hospital, Manila Medical Center, Manila Doctors Hospital, and Ospital ng Maynila.
The DOTr also announced that new bike lanes have been put up in Quezon City as well, and the new route runs along V. Luna to East Avenue, Elliptical Road to G. Areneta Avenue via Quezon Avenue, and Commonwealth Avenue back to Elliptical Road. Through this new network, bikers can reach facilities such as the Philippine Children’s Hospital, Lung Center of the Philippines, Heart Center of the Philippines, Veterans Memorial Medical Center, and East Avenue Medical Center.
The agency also mentioned that bollards and road traffic signs were placed around the routes to ensure the safety of cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists.