MMDA prods Metro governments to put up more bike lanes

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Thursday encouraged the local governments in the metropolis to put up more bike lanes in their area.

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MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino issued the call after he threw his full support to the move by the Quezon City government to put up bike lanes in the city’s streets.

Tolentino hoped other local governments in Metro Manila would follow Quezon City’s example.

“Biking helps reduce air pollution, promotes good health, and decrease the public’s dependence on motorized transportation,” he said.

Quezon City 3rd District Councilor Allan Benedict Reyes has filed a resolution pushing for the clear marking by the MMDA and the city government’s Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) of bike lanes around the city.

Reyes said designating bicycle lanes will ensure the safety of bikers and encourage the use of the alternative mode of transportation, thereby decongesting Quezon City streets.

The MMDA, according to Tolentino, is willing to offer technical advice to Quezon City in identifying secondary roads suitable for bike lanes.

Under Tolentino’s helm, MMDA promoted the use of bicycles among commuters by putting up several bike lanes in Manila, Makati, and Marikina, and Quezon City.

The MMDA had designated bike lanes along EDSA from Magallanes to Ayala Avenue; University Avenue up to Tandang Sora in Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City; Remedios Circle up to Paraiso ng Batang Maynila on M. Adriatico Street in Manila; and from Santolan LRT-2 station to Imelda Avenue along Marcos Highway in Marikina City.

RITCHIE A. HORARIO

 

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  1. Jose dela Cruz on

    The proposal of MMDA to add more bicycle lanes is a good one. Top cities of the world like Vancouver Canada, Munich and Copenhagen have set aside bicycle lanes to decrease their dependence on fossil fuels, promote better health and decrease air pollution. Thirty five percent of the residents of Copenhagen, for instance, depend on bicycles to move around their city.

    However, considering how chaotic the traffic situation in Metro Manila is, bicycle lanes should be clearly designated exclusively for bicycle use, and when necessary, protected with concrete barriers in places where the lives and limbs of bike riders will be at risk from careless motorists. Also, the MMDA should encourage businesses in Metro Manila to provide shower and locker rooms where riders could shower and change clothes before reporting for work.

    Likewise, MMDA should designate “HOV” (High Occupancy Vehicles) lanes exclusively for cars and other private vehicles with at least 4 passengers to encourage ride-sharing, as in other leading cities. Likewise, there should be lanes exclusively for the use of passenger buses only like in the US and Canada.

    To ease the nightmarish traffic gridlock and air pollution in Metro Manila, MMDA should get more LRT lines built covering all districts of Metro Manila with more train cars to whiz the 80 percent of the Metro’s population who depend on public transport, to their destinations in comfort.

    Lastly, it is imperative that the number of cars – the most inefficient of vehicles in terms of passenger capacity, in the Metro, be reduced by HALF permanently by junking cars that are 10 years old or more. and raising car ownership fees, like in Singapore. In this way, many motorists will be encouraged to leave their vehicles at home and take public transit. If the prices of cars, ownership fees, and the fuel they burn – like in EU, are raised, many people will be discouraged from buying cars, to the benefit of all Metro Manilans who will be able inhale less toxic air.

  2. Eduardo T Ibanez on

    I think that is a good move by the local government.
    There will be less reliance on cars and jeepney and buses.

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    tondo,manila