MMDA Will Open Bicycle Lanes on Some Major Roads in the Metro

MMDA Will Open Bicycle Lanes on Some Major Roads in the Metro -- On November 15 (Thur), the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will formally launch bicycle lanes in Manila area, specifically on M. Adriatico Street in Malate, connecting to the stretch of President Quirino Avenue to the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Similar infrastructure has also been prepared by the MMDA on Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City and on the whole stretch of Marcos Highway connecting the cities of Marikina and Antipolo in Rizal.

MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said on Tuesday:
These dedicated lanes are intended to ensure the safety of the bicycle riders who traverse Metro Manila’s major roads
Apart from being environment-friendly, biking is also good for the health
Meanwhile, the MMDA will inaugurate a Children’s Road Safety Park on Adriatico Street and Quirino Avenue. This is located in front of the Manila Zoo. The project hopes to teach kids the basics of road safety and discipline. Hence the park will feauture miniatures of road signs, pedestrian lanes, and footbridges.
Bike lane in Marikina City
This initiative is surely a green move in response to the environmental issues bombarding the country. Aside from being cheap in terms of acquisition, bicycles are 100 percent smoke free and is good for the health. One major concern though is the provision and perhaps, sustainability of its support facilities such as lightings and parking areas or stations, that are both safe and accessible to the bicycle users. It is a big challenge to integrate this new infrastructure to the existing transport terminals, distribution areas or maybe feeder stations.
This project has to be made attractive to the general public, for them to participate and start using cycling as an alternative mode of transportation.

There could be lots of challenges pertaining to bicycling in the Philippines. Although, we are still far from what Israeli Inventor Izhar Gafni did with his Cardboard Bicycle, Filipinos must start to put cycling in the country to the next level.

How do you find this news? Will you use bicycle as your alternative mode of transportation, now that bicycle lanes are being installed on the roads of Metro Manila?

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