Tolentino eyes greener Manila with bike lanes


Posted at Nov 15 2012 12:18 PM | Updated as of Nov 15 2012 08:21 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Thursday launched the designated bike lanes in the city of Manila.

MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said the project aims to promote good health and clean environment.

"Ang purpose nito ay para ipromote ang non-motorized mode of transportation na pwedeng gawin sa Maynila. Ang gusto natin ipakita rito ay bigyan ng kortesiya ang mga nagbibisikleta," Tolentino told ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda.

The MMDA launched the program at the Remedios Circle. The bicycle lane, approximately 1.755 kilometers long, runs from Remedios Circle up to Paraiso ng Batang Maynila on M. Adriatico Street.

A 550-meter bicycle lane is also in place on Quirino Avenue, leading to the Cultural Center of the Philippines along Roxas Boulevard.

Tolentino said similar bicycle lanes will also be created along Marcos Highway in Marikina City and Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.

The MMDA chief assured bike riders that the bicycle lanes are safe to use since they occupy the sidewalk.

He also appealed to both bicycle riders and regular vehicle drivers to practice road courtesy.

While the MMDA is not strictly imposing the use of any safety gear, Tolentino said riders are advised to use at least a head gear when using the bicycle lanes.

Tolentino said he is also scheduled to meet with Metro Manila mayors today to discuss the possible setting up of bicycle lanes in other parts of the capital.

The MMDA is also expected to inaugurate the Children’s Road Safety Park located in front of the Manila Zoo.

The park features miniature road signs, pedestrian lanes, and footbridges, which the MMDA hopes to teach children the value of road safety and traffic discipline.