ANGELES CITY – Plans are underway to install bike lanes in the city as the City Engineer’s Office inspected the city’s main roadway to determine the areas where the city government will install bike pathways.
The ocular was done upon the instruction of Angeles City Mayor Carmelo Lazatin, Jr. to City Engineer Donato Dizon to look at areas where bike lanes can be installed and promote Angeles as a bike-friendly city.
According to Engr. Dizon, the inspection and placing of initial road markings were done at MacArthur Highway, which will be the pilot area for the bike lanes.
“We have seen road obstructions, that is why we will take an action on this before moving to our final road markings and installing of traffic signages,” Engr. Dizon explained.
Engr. Dizon also said that the construction will commence in August as soon as road obstructions will be cleared. They are already looking at completing the project in one month and once completed, other bike lanes will be installed in other major thoroughfares thereafter.
Mayor Lazatin, a bike enthusiast himself, hopes to encourage his fellow Angeleños through this initiative to adopt a healthier lifestyle by using bicycles as an alternative mode of transportation.
“Alam naman po natin na may mabuting dulot po ang pagbibisikleta sa ating pangangatawan, lalo na ngayon pong panahon na ito, kailangan natin ng ehersisyo,” Lazatin said.
Lazatin also stressed the importance of creating the bike lanes in order to ensure the safety of cyclists alongside motor vehicles, and pedestrians to avoid any road accidents.
“Kasabay po nito, nais ko rin pong magpaalala sa ating mga siklista na palaging magsuot ng kanilang mga protective gear,” he added.
Once the bike lanes are installed, Lazatin said he will order the strict enforcement of traffic rules, where the bike lanes will be strictly for cyclists only.