With much enthusiasm and excitement, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Art Tugade, delivered another profound message of gratitude and pride during the virtual inauguration of the Metro Davao Bike Lane Network Project today, 20 July 2021.
Sec. Tugade keenly expressed that because it is the DOTr’s paramount priority to ensure the safety and welfare of all the road users, road-based transport initiatives such as the establishment of bike lane networks, was pursued.
“Sa Kagawaran ng Transportasyon, pinapahalagahan po natin ang buhay ng lahat, lalo na sa daan. Kaya nga ba’t sa pamamagitan nitong mga bike lanes na ito, masiguro ang inyong kaligtasan, pagkat ito ay mayroong pavement markings, physical separators at road signages,” Sec. Tugade said.
In addition, Secretary Tugade enjoined all cyclists to utilize the bike lanes properly, with respect and courtesy, and said, “These well-designed dedicated bike lanes are for you, our dear cyclists. Ngayong narito na ang pasilidad, ako po ay nakikiusap sa ating mga kababayan—mapa-cyclist, motorista, o pedestrian ka man—gamitin natin ito nang tama. Pairalin natin ang respeto at kortisiya sa kalsada, para EVERYBODY SAFE AND HAPPY.”
For his part, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar underlined the long-term benefits that the project will provide for the public, as well as for the overall traffic system of the city.
“We are optimistic, that the project will not only provide safety and convenience for road users, but also encourage the use of bicycles as a healthier and more environment-friendly alternative. Apart from the convenience and safety for bikers, the construction of bike lanes also help in decongesting traffic as less people will have more options in their daily commute,” Sec. Villar stressed.
Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte-Carpio, on the other hand, expressed her gratitude to the DOTr, DPWH, and for the successful fruition of the project in Davao.
“I’d like to congratulate the DOTr, DPWH, MinDA. Thank you for bringing the Metropolitan Bike Lane Network Project to Davao City. By providing Davaoeños with bicycle lanes, they are able to safely maximize usage of their bicycles, whether as a mode of transportation for work or business, or as a means for exercise and leisure activities.”
In the launch event, several bikers from the cycling community in Davao conveyed their messages of support, and how the establishment of bike lanes helped them make their cycling experience safer, comfortable, and convenient than ever.
“Noong wala pang bike lanes, maulba ang trapiko. Nahihirapan ang mga bisikltea tumawid, mahirap ang biyahe. Ngayong mayroong bike lanes, mas ligtas na, mas suwabe na ang biyahe dahil sa mga barriers nito. Mas madali na ito,” Joe Elric Pasaol said.
Meanwhile, for Justin Padeño, “Mas nagbibigay ito ng kaligtasan sa mga bikers na buminiyahe araw-araw. Mas nagbibigay talaga ito ng proteksyon sa amin.”
The 54.74-km bike lane network in Davao, which stretches across 14 road sections, was officially completed on 15 June 2021.
The bike lane network features white and green pavement markings lit by solar-powered road studs signages, bollards, bike symbols, and concrete delineators to ensure the bikers’ safety.
Funded by the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act of 2020 (RA 11494), the project aims to connect Davao’s key activity areas, through enhancing their accessibility, and providing the most vulnerable road users with safe transport infrastructure.
Officials who were also present during the event are DOTr Assistant Secretary Mark Steven Pastor, LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III, MRT-3 OIC-General Manager Assistant Secretary Eymard Eje, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Commuters Affairs Goddes Hope Libiran, MinDA Assistant Secretary Romeo Montenegro, DPWH 11 Regional Director Rey Peter B. Gille, LTFRB 11 Regional Director Nonito A. Llanos III, and other representatives from the DPWH, cyclist organizations, and the local government unit of Davao.
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