It looks like the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is really taking cyclist rights seriously now.
The government agency has just opened a 5.58km protected bike lane along Laguna Lake Highway in Taguig City—a move that’s in line with DPWH secretary Mark Villar’s intent to prioritize bike lanes in 2019.
This isn’t just some hastily constructed lane with barely enough space for a two-wheeler, either. It’s three meters wide and is separated from regular lanes by a two-meter planting strip for added safety.
“It is our priority to build safe roads and bridges that will also cater to bikers and pedestrians, hence the inclusion of protected bike lanes and sidewalk spaces in our new projects,” Villar said.
Aside from the new bike lane, Laguna Lake Highway also features 1.5-meter-wide sidewalks on both sides and an elevated dike to help prevent flooding. All this is part of the P1.28-billion budget allocated for the construction of the thoroughfare.
In an interview last month, Villar shared that the DPWH is already studying putting up bike lanes in Intramuros, Manila, and along the Pasig River. If the government keeps this up, will you consider taking a bicycle for commutes more often?