Bikers have something to cheer about as the city will have the bidding for the installation of the 14-kilometer bike lane that will be placed at primary city roads tomorrow.
City engineer Victorio Olpindo said during the management committee meeting Tuesday last week that the PhP50 million project will be finally bid out for installation.
Olpindo said during the meeting presided over by city administrator Bonifacio dela Pena and attended virtually by mayor Benjamin Magalong that the project will include city streets’ concrete pavements, curb and gutter with wider sidewalks, pavement markings and bike warning or regulatory signs.
Even at Session Road, the city’s main thoroughfare, international standards on mobility shall be followed, stressed Olpindo as he added that promenades or wider pedestrian spaces, bike lanes and greenery along the sides, with set furniture shall be installed.
The project is in consonance with the inverted pyramid for mobility or transport which prioritizes bike lanes, pedestrians, public transportation, over commercial vehicles and trucks, high occupancy vehicles and lastly, single occupancy cars, Olpindo said.
The bike lanes that will be installed will be the 1.5 kilometer City Hall-Legarda road-Marcos Highway route; the City Hall Harrison Road-Kalaw-Baguio Convention Center stretch that will be 1.8 km long; Harrison road-Bonifacio-Manuel Roxas, 1.3 km; Loakan-Apugan-Panagbenga Park-North Drive, which is the longest at 6.4 km; the Panagbenga park to BGH rotunda, 1.3 km; and, Gov. Pack road to BGH Rotunda, 1.4 km.
The secondary bike lanes to follow for inter-connected routes are those going to Ambiong, La Trinidad, Marcos Highway, Loakan; the city limits or boundaries towards the neighboring municipalities of La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay (LISTT).
The installation of the bike lanes was meant for physical, mental health and wellness especially during the Covid-19 pandemic when many locals started using bicycle to go around the city for transport, leisure or physical exercise.
Olpindo added that the project has been coordinated with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and has been inspected.