Understanding bike lanes

ASIDE from the usual safety measures that bikers are encouraged to observe such as wearing a helmet, installation of bike lights and blinkers, and the use of proper hand signals, it is also a must to use bike lanes around the city properly.

The traffic situation in Davao City has made it more challenging for bikers to navigate the main roads. That is why bike groups have long been appealing to have designated bike lanes that may help with the safer city biking of Dabawenyos. Late last year, the city government of Davao started designating bike lanes on select roads around the city. Although many usual road obstructions are still present such as parked private vehicles, the public is still continuously learning and being educated of the importance of bike lanes, not only for the safety of the bikers but of the pedestrians and motorists as well.

Recently, the city announced that they will continue to install more bike lanes as the Committee on Transportation of the City Council deliberates amendments for the existing bike lane ordinance.

As bikers, it is crucial to understand the different types of bike lanes should we come across them in one of our travels around the city. Understanding the bike lanes will bring harmonious travel, avoiding road accidents.

Special thanks to bike enthusiasts Martin Zaldivar and Kahlil Sobong of Lend-a-Bike Project for educating their followers on the different bike lanes:

Broken green lines

This means you are approaching an intersection

Solid green bike lane

This means you have reached the intersection and must proceed with caution. Cyclists are also advised to yield to other road users.

Solid white line

This bike lane is exclusive to bikers’ use only

Broken white line

This bike lane indicates that non-bikers may also use it but “should not” stay longer than necessary

Bike lanes outside intersection yellow box (Permissive Straight)

Bikers are allowed to pass through with caution even if the red light is ON. (Photo by Martin Zaldivar)

Bike lanes inside intersection yellow box

Bikers must observe traffic lights, Stop on RED. (Photo by Martin Zaldivar)


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