By: Rjhay E. Laurea
MANILA — Quezon City added another feather to its hat as it bagged another accolade from the Department of Transportation (DOTR) and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as the city government continues to engage on best practices and innovations in establishing bike lanes.
Mayor Joy Belmonte accepted the bronze award in the recently concluded National Bike Lane Awards by the DOTR and the DILG. Belmonte is planning to make QC a bike-friendly and eco-friendly city.
“In QC we would like to be considered as a bike-friendly and eco-friendly city, that is why we want to make sure that from infrastructure to the policies, we do it all. And we have to really make our bike lanes safe for everyone,” Mayor Belmonte said.
The participating LGUs have undergone a tedious national validation; those qualified were judged based on the following criteria: background profile of bike lane network and policy initiatives; bike lane network/s; and other data and information requirements.
The QC Bike Lane Network is maintained by the Green Transport Office under the Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS).
Quezon City has a 93-kilometer bike lane network, traversing major and secondary roads in the city. Soon, the city will complete its 161-kilometer bike route, providing longer and safer bike lanes for active transport users in the metro.
“We really put our effort into making our bike lanes safe and convenient for all cyclists and alternative transport users in our city,” DPOS head Gen. Elmo San Diego (Ret.) stated.
Aside from the extension of bike routes, the city has also implemented various ordinances on safe cycling and active transport, ‘no bike helmet’ policy, and the voluntary bike registration program to help owners with missing bikes.
Last November 28, the QC government also joined the rest of the country in celebrating National Bicycle Day at the Quezon Memorial Circle.