Report: DPWH to prioritize bike lanes this year

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by Drei Laurel | Jan 23, 2019
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The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has expressed its intent to prioritize putting bike lanes on public roads in 2019. Our thoughts? It’s about time.

According to Inquirer.net, DPWH secretary Mark Villar said the government agency is already studying including bike lanes and pedestrian infrastructure in existing and future roads.

“It’s part of our priorities, not just vehicular infrastructure, but also we want emphasis on pedestrian infrastructure,” the official said during a recent Meet Inquirer forum.

Lahat po ng mga roads namin ngayon, lahat po ng mga bago na gagawin namin, ini-incorporate namin yung possibility of a bike lane. When applicable, we really endeavor to include bike lanes in roads,” Villar added, citing Laguna Lake Highway and its built-in bike lanes as an example. “If there’s a workable area, we really prioritize pedestrian infrastructure. Hindi naman lahat ng tao may kotse. We want it also to be a walk-able country.”

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According to the report, the DPWH is already studying putting up bike lanes in Intramuros, Manila, and roads along the Pasig River.

Can the DPWH successfully incorporate bike lanes into the country’s road system? We’ll find out soon enough.

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