GOVERNMENT CENTER, PALO, Leyte – Bike lanes constructed on several major streets in Tacloban City are now open for public use.

This was disclosed by Engr. Edgar Tabacon, the regional director of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

It was learned from Tabacon that the bike lanes in the city, which were put up in coordination with the Department of Transportations, were first established on August 15, 2023, and were completed in December of the same year.

The project was funded in the amount of P18.16 million stretching 9.51 kms covering Tabuan national highway at Barangay 79, Marasbaras, going to the DZR Airport in San Jose, via the Picas-San Jose DZR Airport Road.

These lanes can easily be spotted on the road as they are painted green.

This active transport infrastructure was built for people who engage in physical activity as their means of transport, such as walking, cycling, or using other forms of light mobility for transportation, Tabacon said.

The need and efficiency for this kind of project were first observed during the COVID-19 pandemic when there was a limit on public transportation in observance to social distancing measures.

Additionally, bicycle racks were also put up, especially those near GSIS Tacloban Branch Office in Fatima Village and Leyte Colleges in San Jose Tacloban City, as well as installations of regulatory signs, warning signs, solar studs, and reflectorized thermoplastic pavement markings for extra safety that were all covered by the allocated budget in this project.