After dealing with comments from netizens on the city’s 60-kilometer bike lanes project, Engr. Abraham Villareal, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Bacolod City District Engineer, spoke before the public and explained that a budget of P60 million is funded for road improvement programs including the bike lanes .
According to Engr. Villareal, PhP45 million was spent on the painted bike lanes implemented in 2017 along the Circumferential Road, North and South Circumferential Roads, Abuanan Road, and Bacolod San Carlos Road. He added that, as part of the budget, road signs were placed in the lanes in both sides of the roads. These road signs include regulatory signs, traffic instruction signs, information signs, mobilization, project billboards, and construction safety net, among others.
He stressed that the public should not compare the Bacolod City’s bike lanes to bike lanes in Iloilo City, since it requires bigger funds to cover the costs of the road right of way or road widening.