Good news for cyclists! The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has installed the country’s first protected bike lane along the Laguna Lake Highway, in Bicutan, Taguig City.
The 5.58 kilometer long and three-meter-wide bike lane was inaugurated last February 7 by DPWH’s Mark Villar along with Taguig City officials.
Formerly known as the C6 Dike Road, the Laguna Lake Highway, which was completed last November 2018, was a 1.28 billion Peso project that serves as an alternative route to the traffic-packed EDSA and C5-road.
Photo Credit: @dpwh via Facebook
Aside from the bicycle lane, the highway also features provisions for street lights and road safety signages. There’s also a 1.5-meter-wide sidewalk on both sides, as well as an elevated dike to protect pedestrians against flooding.
While the Laguna Lake Highway bike lane is the first of its kind along a Philippine national highway, protected lanes can also be found in other roads such as Dona Julia Vargas Avenue in Pasig City and Diversion Road in Iloilo City.
Photo Credit: @vicemayorading via Facebook
Unlike the typical bike lanes in the country, which are just separated by lines, this new one is protected by a planting strip that separates bikers from incoming traffic.
According to Villar, the lane can also be used by vehicles during emergency situations. Because the highway is considerably elevated, the road can be used as a temporary evacuation zone during floods.
Moving forward, the DPWH wants to continue building roads that are not only convenient for motorists, but safe for pedestrians and cyclists as well.
Hopefully, the construction of more roads like this will not only decrease road-related accidents, but encourage commuters to consider biking as an alternative means of transport. This will not only lessen the vehicles the road, but it will also decrease our country’s carbon footprint.
Banner Photo Credit: DPWH Facebook page
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