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DOTr holds ground-breaking ceremony for bike lanes in Laoag, Ilocos Norte

The department’s active-transport program goes north

It's good that more bike lanes are being built outside of Metro Manila. PHOTO FROM DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

The Department of Transportation has just held a ground-breaking ceremony in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, for the expansion of its active-transport program. A mix of Class 1 and Class 2 bidirectional bike lanes will be built along Laoag Bypass Road spanning 3.2km.

These bike lanes are expected to serve more than 117,000 Ilocanos. PHOTOS FROM DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

“We want to establish the necessary infrastructure to ensure cycling is a safe mode of daily travel, no longer just for leisure,” said DOTr secretary Jaime Bautista. Recognizing the efficiency and sustainability of active transport, he also believes it will “steer Laoag City away from the traditional sign of progress—road traffic.”

The bike lanes along Laoag Bypass Road are expected to be completed by Q4 this year, as part of the DOTr’s goal to expand the network to 2,400km by 2028.

Leandro Mangubat

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