Earlier this month, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) opened 9.6km Pulilan–Baliuag Diversion Road in Bulacan which, to the delight of the local biking community, included a designated lane for bicycle riders.
“As part of DPWH’s plan, not only is it our main goal to provide vehicular infrastructure, but pedestrian infrastructure as well—especially for those who do not have private vehicles of their own,” DPWH head Mark Villar said during the P50.694-million project’s inauguration.
“This is why we aim to incorporate bike lanes in all our projects similar to what we did here in the Pulilan–Baliuag Diversion Road.”
Well, it looks like the bike lanes aren’t being used according to their purpose.
A concerned reader sent us footage earlier today showing the Pulilan–Baliuag Diversion Road’s bike lane being used to dry rice grain—a common practice out in provincial roads. Look:
“Ito po yung bagong bukas na bypass sa Pulilan exit papunta ng Tarcan Baliwag na pinagawa ng DPWH. Ginagawang bilaran ng palay ang bike lane,” Top Gear Philippines reader Buddy D. Mutuc Jr. said.
“Pwede po ba paki feature? Sobrang delikado kasi. I tried messaging Sir [Mark] Villar, kaso hindi ma send ang video na ‘yan.”
We’re pretty certain this isn’t what the DPWH had in mind when it came up with the bike lane idea. The agency should probably look into this. Agree?