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More bike lanes are now being painted along Kamias Road

These are shared lanes rather than protected ones

If you wonder why you don't see cyclists on bike lanes, that's because they don't get stuck in traffic. PHOTO FROM GREEN TRANSPORT OFFICE

Quezon City’s Green Transport Office has just begun its second phase of bike-lane marking along Kamias Road near Langka Street. These are classified as shared lanes, meaning motorists may use them but priority should be given to light mobility vehicles such as bicycles, e-bikes, and electric kick scooters.

Painted bike lanes offer no protection, but this is a good start since it means the local government recognizes the needs of light-mobility vehicle users. While this may seem insignificant, protected bike lanes benefit everyone since not only do they protect vulnerable road users (even pedestrians and PWDs), but they also encourage active transport.

Better than nothing, we suppose. PHOTO FROM GREEN TRANSPORT OFFICE

This actually reduces motor-vehicle traffic as one more person on a bike can mean one less person in a car. We hope that these would be continued and improved in the future so that the Green Transport Office can achieve its vision of making Quezon City “livable, green, sustainable, and bike-friendly.”

Leandro Mangubat

Leandro is our staff writer. Although having a background in mechanical engineering, he enjoys photography and writing more.