It’s finally time to ride your bike into the sunset because the bike lane on the Laguna Lake Highway finally opened earlier today. As reported before, the 6.8-kilometer first-of-its-kind lane connects Taytay, Rizal to Bicutan, Taguig.
But if you can’t reach that part of Manila just yet, here’s an actual aerial view of the bike lane courtesy of our friends from DZBB Super Radyo:
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar led the inspection of the new pedestrian infrastructure as he once again guaranteed the safety of the lane’s users.
"First time in Metro Manila na magkaroon ng independent na bike lane," he said. “Minsan kasi ang ginagawa nilalagyan lang ng guhit, pero ito independent so mas safe siya.”
The secretary pointed out that it’s independent of the usual vehicle traffic as it has an island separating it from the rest. Aside from being toll-free, this is the first national expressway with a bicycle lane. It's three meters wide, and can actually fit a car in case of emergencies. The DPWH secretary also mentioned that this will be the model they will use from here on out when there are new roads or existing roads that are wide enough to incorporate bike lanes.
The current locations they have their eyes on are in Intramuros, Bacolod, and even in Mindanao. “Major cities, lahat yan, pag may workable area kami, balak talaga naming lagyan ng bike lane,” DPWH Secretary Villar emphasized.