MANILA, March 12 (PNA) — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is planning to add more bike lanes in Metro Manila to encourage the public to try other modes of transportation as well as help ease traffic in the metropolis.
Reynaldo Tagudando, DPWH National Capital Region (NCR) director, said they are looking at constructing paths for bicycles along EDSA from Santolan to White Plains and Aurora Boulevard to Miriam College, both in Quezon City.
“Those who will benefit from the projects are students and other bike enthusiasts in the Katipunan area and nearby districts. As for the bike lane in Santolan to White Plains, it will benefit those who are in Camp Aguinaldo and other people in the area,” he said.
He said that they will coordinate with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) as to the design of the additional bike lanes. Both the DPWH and MMDA identified areas where to put up the bike lanes.
The DPWH official noted that they are also conducting consultations with the stakeholders regarding the proposal.
At present, there are bike lanes along EDSA between Magallanes and Ayala Avenue in Makati City and Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.
There is also the 1.75-kilometer-long bike lane from Remedios Circle to Adriatico Street and 550-meter stretch from President Quirino Avenue to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Manila. There are also similar lanes along Marcos Highway which connects the cities of Marikina and Antipolo.
The government is encouraging the public to use bicycles amidst the traffic congestion due to the construction of 15 major road projects in Metro Manila. (PNA)