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QC vows to remove bike lane obstructions 

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Quezon City vowed to clear bike lanes of obstructions as the Department of Interior and Local Government ordered the resumption of nationwide road clearing operations, according to a report by Manila Bulletin.

Alberto Kimpo, assistant city administrator for operations, said removing obstructions in the city’s new and existing bike lanes will be given importance to “ensure that all bike lanes are obstruction-free to fulfill our intention of providing bikers a safe and smooth passage to their destination.”

This came after the local government on Monday continued its clearing operations on national and secondary roads and on Mabuhay Lanes after the activity was suspended due to quarantine limitations.

On the other hand, “vending sites,” which are tagged by the national government as obstructions, will be temporarily allowed in the city to let residents tide over the crisis brought by the ongoing pandemic.

However, vendors are enjoined to wear uniform-colored shirts and their identification cards. They are also required to enforce minimum health standards such as wearing of face masks and face shields and observe physical distanci

“Vendors must likewise register with MDAD (Market Development and Administration Department). Without authorization from MDAD, a vending site will be considered illegal and would be included in the clearing operations,” Kimpo said.

For her part, Mayor Joy Belmonte called on her constituents to cooperate with the city government in its efforts to clear road obstructions. She also reminded her officers to always observe health protocols.

“While we see the importance of keeping our roads cleared of any obstruction, we must also adjust our operation in the light of the ongoing pandemic,” Belmonte said in her memorandum. “So, in conducting clearing operations, minimum health protocols should be observed to avoid COVID-19 infection.”

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