DOTr urges DepEd, CHED to provide bike lanes, facilities in schools

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 17) - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday urged both the Education department and the Commission on Higher Education to provide bike lanes and facilities within and near schools.

The DOTr said this is to promote cycling, as it anticipates a spike in demand for transportation due to the resumption of face-to-face classes next week.

"The establishment of the EoT (End-of-Trip) facilities, which include parking spaces for bicycles--sheds, bike racks, as well as showers, will encourage students, teachers, and other school personnel to use existing bicycle lanes," the DOTr said in a statement.

The agency also urged the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, and the Land Transportation Office to deploy extra traffic enforcers and marshals at school zones to ensure the safety of students.

"Road safety is of paramount importance. As students return to face-to-face classes, they are subjected yet again to vulnerability on the road. With this, we would like to remind all our motorists to share the road for the safety of all other road users, especially our cyclists and pedestrians--including our learners," the DOTr said.

READ: DOTr prepares for resumption of face-to-face classes