MANILA -- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will launch its "bike-kadahan" scheme on Wednesday in time for the opening of the bicycle lane on EDSA in Quezon City.
Under the "bike-kadahan," which means bicycle-sharing, interested riders may use bicycles provided by the MMDA for free.
They just have to present a valid identification card in exchange for a card indicating the bike number. This card should be surrendered at the exit area where the bike will be returned.
"The 'bike-kadahan' is designed to promote the use of bicycles as an alternative mode of transportation," MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said.
Small trailer trucks will also be utilized to serve as mobile bicycle shelters on designated bicycle lanes in various parts of Metro Manila.
Tolentino said riders can leave their own bicycles for free at these shelters, which will be manned by MMDA personnel. The trailer truck can accommodate up to 50 bicycles, he said.
The new bicycle lane that will be opened tomorrow spans about 2.105 kilometers from Ortigas to Santolan (northbound) along EDSA.
A similar bike lane along White Plains from EDSA to Temple Drive (eastbound) about 982.6-meters long will also be opened tomorrow.
The new lanes are painted in red markings and have been installed with traffic directional signs and safety devices to aid bike riders.
"These bike lanes were conceptualized to promote and enhance street and neighborhood identity, increase foot and bike traffic, and reduce vehicle congestion and air pollution along the major thoroughfares as well as promote healthy living and well-being," Tolentino said.