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