November 26, 2022

The Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Department of Transportation will recognize local government units that have made “great strides” in establishing active transport infrastructures, such as bike lanes throughout the region.

“The Bike Lane Awards 2021 aims to acknowledge the accomplishments of LGUs, and showcase their innovative practices and interventions for the promotion of active transport,” said Officer-in-Charge Regional Director Araceli San Jose.

DILG Memorandum Circular 2020-100 issued on July 17, 2020 provides guidelines for the establishment of networks of cycling lanes and walk paths. The policy also directs all LGUs to promote and make active transportation accessible as a means to support people’s mobility within their jurisdiction.

The MC is in support of Presidential Proclamation 1052 s. 2020, declaring the fourth Sunday of November as “National Bike Day,” which encourages LGUs to prioritize sidewalk and bike lane development, with the goal of promoting sustainable, inclusive, secure, and active transport systems.

Criteria to judge the entries include: institutional mechanism – five percent; policy, ordinances  and issuance – five percent; coverage of bicycle network – 10 percent; planning of bicycle network – 15 percent; quality of network and infrastructure design – 20 percent; implementation, monitoring and evaluation – 20 percent; and road safety design and compliance to design standards –  25 percent.

Qualified LGUs may submit their entries through the LGU’s respective DILG regional offices or field operating units using the template as a reference that can be accessed through 2021bikelanesaward.

The awards will be given in three categories: city, first to third class municipalities, and fourth to sixth class municipalities. The top three LGUs in each category will receive gold, silver, and bronze awards, provided that the LGU’s overall score percentage is at least 75 percent.

Special awards may be given to LGUs that have demonstrated exemplary performance, best practices, and innovative interventions in specific aspects of program implementation, San Jose said.

The deadline for the submission of entries was last Oct. 22, and the awarding ceremony is set on Nov. 28, National Bike Day. – Press release