TRANSPORT Secretary Arthur Tugade, on Thursday, May 6, 2021, led an inspection of the 2.3-kilometer-long South Road Properties (SRP) section of the 140-kilometer Metro Cebu Bike Lane which is set to open for public use in June 2021.
Edgar Tabacon, director of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 tasked to undertake the project’s construction, said as of the first week of May 2021, the project has been completed by about 90 percent.
The P150 million-worth Metro Cebu Bike Lane project will traverse Talisay City, Cebu City, Mandaue City and Lapu- Lapu City.
Tabacon said the construction of the Bike Lane went full blast in February 2021.
The exclusive bike lane at the right side of the Cebu South Coastal Road is five meters wide with a three-meter pedestrian sidewalk that is separated from the lane.
It also comes with a 1.5-meter plant box, shades for bike racks and benches.
The bike lane is equipped with solar lighting for use at night.
Mark Steven Pastor, Department of Transportation (DOTr) assistant secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure, said DOTr aims to ensure that the lanes are safe, continuous, and efficient not only for leisure but also for daily use by those who opt to make cycling their primary mode of transportation in going to work.
“There’s a lot of work to be done. In fact, we will do the bike racks for our bikers. We will make it flat,” he said in a mix of Tagalog and English.
The DOTr also shared a Biker’s Manual which contained guidelines for bike lane use, among others.
Bike lanes can be used only for bicycles and light mobility vehicles or personal mobility devices weighing not more than 100 kilograms.
The maximum speed in bike lanes should also be at 25 kilometers per hour while counterflowing is prohibited.
After the inspection, a ceremonial biking was held by the Sugbo Bike Lanes Board led by its chairman Gerry Carillo, Pastor, DOTr Assistant Secretary Giovanni Lopez, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) chairman Martin Delgra and LTFRB 7 Director Eduardo Montealto Jr. (WBS)