QC to establish more bike lanes to promote sustainable development
CALOOCAN CITY, June 3 (PIA) — Making Quezon City a walkable and bikeable city is part of the city government’s efforts to promote sustainable development under its current administration’s 14-point agenda of governance.
As part of its commitment to sustainable recovery and the global clean air initiative, the Quezon City government announced on the eve of International Bike Day on June 3, that it will develop a network of bike lanes totaling 161 kms throughout the city.
With more workers including healthcare employees relying on bicycles during the ongoing community quarantine amid coronavirus disease (COVID 19), the city government is now working on expanding and improving its bike network across the city.
“This is our priority even before COVID-19 happened, as part of our global commitment in reducing air pollution by 2030. We have to make this quick considering the pressing need for transport during the pandemic, and the bike culture that emerged as a result of this, we are fast-tracking its implementation,” Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said.
The city is set to begin construction of the additional bike routes through its Parks Development and Administration Department (PDAD) and the Task Force on Transportation and Traffic Management (TFTTM) in the next few weeks.
From the existing 55 kilometers of bike routes established since 2018, the city plans to extend it to 161 kilometers, almost three times longer than the existing bike routes. The city also plans to upgrade the routes by placing barriers, signages, markers and other necessary infrastructure to ensure the safety of the bike-riding public.
The city will be working with the Move As One Coalition, which has donated bikes to frontliners, in identifying other possible routes, especially those near hospitals and community care facilities that will ease the daily transport struggled of health workers. (QC PAISD/PIA-NCR)