Manila Bulletin

Bike lanes manda­tory in fu­ture road projects – Vil­lar

- By BETHEENA UNITE Bicycles · Transportation · Outdoor Hobbies · Hobbies · Industries

From now on, bike lanes must be in­cor­po­rated in na­tional road and bridge projects in the coun­try, Pub­lic Works and High­ways Sec­re­tary Mark Vil­lar said.

Through Depart­ment Or­der 882020, Vil­lar or­dered that a stan­dard 2.44-me­ter bi­cy­cle

path should be con­structed in new na­tional road, bridge, and fu­ture ex­pan­sion projects to meet the needs and safe ac­cess of cy­clists and other road users.

“From now on­wards, de­sign of new na­tional roads and bridges will have a min­i­mum width of 2.44-me­ter bike lane feature for one di­rec­tion. The de­sir­able width of three me­ters is set for a two-di­rec­tional sep­a­rated bike lane, un­less un­der con­strained con­di­tion which will fol­low the ab­so­lute min­i­mum of 2.44 me­ters,” Vil­lar said Fri­day.

“This pol­icy also cov­ers road and bridge widen­ing, di­ver­sion and by­pass roads among oth­ers,” he added.

The sec­re­tary added that fu­ture bi­cy­cle lane projects will be clas­si­fied in three cat­e­gories:

1. Class 1 is a des­ig­nated pro­tected path that is com­pletely sep­a­rated from mo­tor-ve­hi­cle road­way by an open space with side­walk.

2. Class 2 is a por­tion of a road­way des­ig­nated for ex­clu­sive use of bi­cy­cles and is sep­a­rated from the mo­tor-ve­hi­cle road­way through pave­ment mark­ing or phys­i­cal sep­a­ra­tion.

3. Class 3 is part of a road­way that has been of­fi­cially des­ig­nated and marked as a bi­cy­cle route but can also be used by mo­tor ve­hi­cles due to lim­ited car­riage­way width.

“With bike-friendly in­fra­struc­ture, we aim to pro­mote road safety to all and en­cour­age the pub­lic to con­sider bik­ing as a safe mode of trans­porta­tion ben­e­fi­cial to their phys­i­cal health, the en­vi­ron­ment through re­duced green­house gas emis­sions and noise pol­lu­tion, to traf­fic, and to pub­lic roads that ren­der less wear and tear,” he said.

Un­der the guide­lines, class, width, and di­rec­tional cri­te­ria for the con­struc­tion of new bike lanes will be es­tab­lished based on mo­tor ve­hi­cle vol­ume and op­er­at­ing speed, avail­able road, shoul­der and side­walk space, lane con­fig­u­ra­tion, bi­cy­cle de­mand and other drive­way and park­ing con­flicts.

Class 3 bi­cy­cle lane or the shared road­way is rec­om­mended for roads op­er­at­ing with the low­est speed and traf­fic vol­ume; sep­a­rated bike lane us­ing pave­ment mark­ing un­der Class 2 is for low speed to low to mod­er­ate traf­fic vol­ume; and sep­a­rated bike lane us­ing phys­i­cal sep­a­ra­tion un­der Class 2 or shared use path un­der Class 1 is for mod­er­ate to high speed and high traf­fic vol­ume.

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