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DILG: 173 LGUs identify bike lanes, walking paths

- – Neil Jayson Servallos

Out of 900 local government units that submitted transporta­tion programs to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), only 173 LGUs have identified bicycle lanes and walking paths in their areas.

At a press briefing yesterday, DILG spokesman Jonathan Malaya said 55 percent or 900 of the total 1,643 LGUs nationwide have submitted reports on developing transporta­tion during the pandemic as the number of public utility vehicles remain limited.

Of the figure, at least 306 LGUs have existing local public transport route plan ( LPTRP) detailing the route network, mode and required number of units per mode for delivering public land transport services.

Among the required inclusions in the LPTRPs is the creation of interconne­cted bicycle lanes from one LGU to another.

“Several LGUs still need to identify roads that they could use for active transport. We will constantly remind them that they have a commitment to the national government to identify roads for cycling lanes or walking paths,” Malaya said.

The DILG had asked LGUs to construct protected bike lanes and walking paths as the pandemic restricted public mobility due to the limited number of public transport and decreased passenger capacity.

The DILG urged the public to consider biking and walking as alternativ­e modes of transporta­tion to curb the transmissi­on of COVID-19. “We want to start this program immediatel­y that’s why we released joint administra­tive orders and memorandum circulars,” Malaya said.

The DILG said only 314 LGUs have designated offices or units for the implementa­tion of the program.

Only 40 LGUs have enacted ordinances promoting the use of biking and walking lanes as well as regulation­s that protect users of these infrastruc­tures, according to the DILG.

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