Manila Bulletin

Bike lanes mandatory in future road projects – Villar


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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