The promotion of active transportation has consistently been pushed by the DOTr. With many plans for Metro Manila coming to light, it’s great news that more areas outside the metropolis are also being helped along. Following the DOTr’s partnership with the DPWH, San Fernando, Pampanga has broken ground for the construction of an expanded active transport infrastructure.
DOTr partners with DPWH for construction of active transport infra
To foster change in utilizing public roads, as well as champion sustainability in mobility, the project will involve the creation of Class 1, 2, and 3 protected bike lane network that stretches across 37.5 kilometers in both directions. The target is for it to be completed by the 4th quarter of 2023, and will feature urban shade trees, pavement markings, solar studs, bollards, rubber delineators, and signages.
“The establishment of the protected bike lanes will, as we constantly say, contribute to the change in perspective, and hopefully, result in a change in the way we view and use public roads. Our aim is not just to shift to a more sustainable mode of transport, but to promote a more viable and healthier mobility option,” said James Andres Melad, Transportation Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure.
“Our promise, however, will not stop here. In the future, an additional 470 kilometers of protected bike lanes and pedestrian infrastructure will be built as we stay true to our commitment of making active transport a viable transportation and mobility option,” Melad later added.
Other areas and provinces have also begun implementing their plans and building infrastructures for active transport as well. In the interest of a cleaner and greener environment and a healthy and sustainable means of transportation, it’s good to see the government and the DOTr making good on their word and promises.
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