ILOILO CITY, Aug. 12 (PNA) — The city council here during Tuesday’s regular session unanimously approved a resolution requesting the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) regional office to make good of its promise and commitment to provide safe bike lanes along the busy Gen. Luna St here.
Proponent city councilor Jay Trenas said that the road widening project of DPWH succeeded in decreasing the width of the center island by uprooting several trees and cementing almost one meter on each side.
However, Trenas said only two lanes on side of the street are being utilized and DPWH did not increase the number of lanes on both sides.
The city councilor also said that DPWH regional director Edilberto Tayao committed to turn the half-baked road widening project into a win-win situation by turning this into a bike lane instead by adhering to Sec. 9 of Executive Order 774 of 2008.
Trenas said his proposal is to convert these one meter side of the street into a bike lane starting from Sarabia Manor Hotel up to corner Quezon St. in order to make the city a walkable and bikeable area as more people are now into biking for fun, exercise and livelihood.
The one meter road area could be painted with a straight line depicting the bike lane. Trenas said he is following up the project with district engineer Rodney Gustilo of DPWH. (PNA)