In support of alternative and active transportation in the Philippines, the national government will introduce 497 kilometers of new pavement markings, physical separators, and road signages in the National Capital Region (NCR), Metro Davao, and Metro Cebu this month of July.

The infrastructures are set to bolster bike transportation in the said urbanized areas and will help keep riders safe while on the road. It was built under the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) P1.09 Billion Bayanihan Bike Lane Networks plan.

DOTr Secretary Art Tugade shared that the lanes will be put into action within this month, however, an exact date has not been announced yet. 

“We intend to provide commuters with access to faster, and efficient means of mass transportation; and to open infrastructure for active transportation such as walking and cycling,” Tugade said

The DOTr has completed 313 kilometers of pavement markings, physical separators, and road signages worth P801,830,479 in the NCR. For Metro Cebu, the agency installed 129 kilometers of pavement markings, physical separators, and road signages for P150 million. 

In Metro Davao, the department installed 55 kilometers of new pavement markings, physical separators, and road signages amounting to P145,369,391.

The Bayanihan Bike Lane Networks Project was established under the Republic Act. No. 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, which aims to promote active transportation through bicycles and the creation of new bike lanes in the country. 

The DOTr, in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH), and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), recently signed the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 2020-001, which outlines the local government’s and national government’s role in promoting active transportation in the Philippines.

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