Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar has issued a policy prescribing the standard design of bicycle lanes along national highways, in an effort to meet the needs and safe access of bicyclists and other road users.
Through Department Order No. 88, series of 2020, Villar said that new national road and bridge construction or future expansion of projects shall incorporate a bicycle facility contingent on the prevailing road and traffic conditions, but will have no less than 2.44 meters of bicycle path width.
According to Villar, future bicycle lane projects will be classified as Class 1 which is a designated protected path that is completely separated from motor-vehicle roadway by an open space with sidewalk; Class 2 which is a portion of a roadway designated for exclusive use of bicycle and is separated from the motor-vehicle roadway through pavement marking or physical separation; and Class 3 which is part of a roadway that has been officially designated and marked as bicycle route but can also be used by motor vehicle due to limited carriageway width.
Class 3 Bicycle Lane or the shared roadway is recommended for roads operating with the lowest speed and traffic volume; separated bike lane using pavement marking under Class 2 is for low speed to low to moderate traffic volume; and separated bike lane using physical separation under Class 2 or shared use path under Class 1 is for moderate to high speed and high traffic volume.