The city government is pursuing a bicycle development plan as more and more are avoiding public transportation to go to work.
Dionisio Abude, Davao City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) chief, said his office has already identified city streets and the next step is to map out possible areas where bicycle lanes will be established.
Abude said the bicycle lane would be approximately 72.2 kilometers, which requires 288 road signages. He said the installation of signage also takes time, adding that his office also needs to consider the weather condition.
“The next thing that we will do is inspect the roads to identify potential problems and also to determine if we can build and install bicycle lanes there,” he said.
But he said they have no timeline yet on when the project will start considering the many challenges involved, such as the cost of the road signage and thermoplastic paint, the physical limitations, and personnel.
Meanwhile, the city government welcomes the culture of cycling being promoted now in Davao.
When public transportation was suspended during the lockdown, essential workers were forced to use their bicycles to go to work.
Under City Ordinance No. 0409-10 or the “Bicycle Ordinance of Davao City,” people using bicycles are required to undergo educational training. They are also required to have complete accessories like helmets and reflectors for their protection and to register bicycles with the CTTMO at the risk of being impounded.
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