PHP 1B budget allocated for protected bicycle lanes

The House of Representatives has allocated PHP 1 billion in funding for the Active Transport and Safe Pathways Program (ATSPP) to accelerate the development of protected bicycle lanes.

In a recent statement, Quezon City representative, Marvin Rillo, said that Congress doubled the funding from the initial proposal of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) of PHP 500 million to PHP 1 billion for 2024.

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Photo courtesy of Quezon City Task Force Disiplina

 

“In the 2024 General Appropriations Law, we bumped up to PHP 1 billion the budget for bicycle lanes with durable physical separation from mixed traffic lanes,” Rillo said. “This is our way of reassuring Filipinos that cycling is a sustainable alternative mode of mobility… We are absolutely determined to promote cycling and lessen harmful motor vehicle emissions in the interest of public health,” Rillo added.

In 2021, the ATSPP received PHP 1.09 billion, PHP 2 billion in 2022, and PHP 705 million in 2023.

Under the program, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure shall be protected and shall include shaded walkways and urban shade trees wherever feasible. Pedestrian walkways and crossings shall, by default, be at-grade for the inclusion of persons with disability, senior citizens, pregnant women, children with strollers, tourists with luggage, and parents with children.

As of June last year, there’s a total of 564 kilometers of bicycle lane network across Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao.