Cyclists who wish to travel along the recently opened Laguna Lake Highway can now do so after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) opened a separate bicycle lane along the major roadway in Taguig City.
Measuring a total of 5.58-km in length, the new bike lane is protected by a 2-meter wide planting strip which the DPWH claims makes for a safe and comfortable environment for cyclists.
“It is our priority to build safe roads and bridges that will also cater to bikers and pedestrians, hence the inclusion of protected bike lanes and sidewalk spaces in our new projects,” said Mark A. Villar, DPWH Secretary.
Leading the inaguration last January 7, 2019 on the 3-meter wide bike lane were DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar, Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, and Vice Mayor Ricardo Cruz Jr. Aimed to open up transporation, recreation, as well as for health opportunities, the bicycle lane was added to Laguna Lake Highway as a means to serve as an alternate route not just for motorists, but for cyclists too.
Completed with a total budget of Php 1.28 billion last November 2018, the 6.94-km Laguna Lake Highway also features 1.5-meter wide sidewalks on both sides for pedestrians to use. In addition, it has an elevated dike to protect the road against flodding. The DPWH also said that the road can serve as a temporary evacuation area in times of emergencies thanks to the road's high elevation.