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 continuing community quarantine period amid coronavirus disease (COVID 19), the city government is now working on expanding and improving its bike network across the city.
“This was a priority for us even before COVID-19 happened as part of our global commitment to reducing air pollution by 2030, but due to 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 shared.
Making Quezon City a walkable and bikeable city is part of the lady mayor’s efforts to promote sustainable development under her 14-point agenda of governance. From an existing 55 kilometers of bike routes established since 2018, the city plans to extend its bike routes to 161 kilometers, almost three times longer than the existing bike routes.
The city also plans to upgrade its 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.
The city is set to begin construction of the said 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.