The completion of the 54.74-kilometer Davao City Bike Lane Network is expected to pave the way for a safer alternative mode of transportation for residents especially during the pandemic.
Davao cyclists like Paul Gonzales, a senior citizen, welcomed the designation of the bike lanes as these “ensured the safety of the bikers.” For teacher Glenn Lagare, “these bike lanes are a big help in providing direction to bikers.”
“The bike lanes will help minimiize accidents since cyclists already have designated lanes,” Call Center agent and cyclist Lorenzo Arriola said.
When public transport were scare during last year’s lockdown, Dabawenyos took to the streets with their bicycles, whether for work, running errands, or just for exercise. The bicycle was the best alternative compared to public transport in view of social distancing and other health protocols being implemented.
“On June 30, 2021, after several months we were able to reach 100% completion rate in Davao City with our bike lanes spanning an overall length of 54 km in 14 different sections within the city,” Department of Transportation (DOTR) Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Atty. Mark Pastor said during the road network’s online inauguration this afternoon.
The bike lane project aims to increase accessibility of key activity areas and fundamental facilities by paving the way for alternative modes of transportation, reduce carbon emission through the increased use of non motorized transportation, and promote road safety for all road users with the presence of bike facilities.
The city’s bike road network, which amounted to P145.371 million, was funded by the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act. The network is divided into three classes:
Class 1 shared use path or bike path
Class 2 separated bike lanes, pavement markings, physical separator
Class 3 shared roadway
The 14 bike lane sections are located in the following areas:
- Davao-Cotabato Road
- ABS CBN Quimpo Blvd Diversion Roads
- Sandawa Road
- Inigo St.
- Nicasio St.
- Roxas Ave.
- Quezon Ave.
- Elpidio Quirino Ave
- Emilio Jacinto Extension
- Dr. A Gahol St.
- Mabini St.
- F. Torres St.
- Loyola St.
- Porras St.
Pastor said they were challenged to rethink and reform the country’s transportation system. The challenge was how to adapt it to the new normal and fit to the mobility needs of the public amid the pandemic.
“We are putting the Filipino commuters at the center of our transportation landscape by providing protected bike lanes in cities, creating safe spaces for our vulnerable road users, our cyclists and pedestrians,” he said.
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said bicycles are considered as efficient modes of transportation as they have beneficial effects in terms of health and fitness.
“Bicycles also contribute to the improvement of our Metropolitan City by helping decongest traffic and reduce carbon emission,” she added.
Aside from the green and white markings on the pavement to delineate the area for bikers, the project also included signages and solar studs on the roads. Even malls started to put up racks and other facilities for bicycle riders.
“With the completion of this project, those who have less in wheels shall have more in the road.”