To encourage the commuting public to try other modes of transportation, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is setting up for more bicycle lanes in the metropolis.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said he has been discussing the bicycle lanes with Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) officials.
He said it is more convenient to use bicycles amid the traffic gridlock caused by the construction of 15 major road projects.
“We will be adding more bicycle lanes to encourage the public to use bicycle since it is more convenient to do so nowadays,” said Tolentino.
There are bike lanes along EDSA between Magallanes and Ayala Avenue in Makati City and on Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.
The MMDA also put up a 1.75-kilometer-long bike lane from Remedios Circle to Adriatico Street and 550-meter stretch from President Quirino Avenue to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Manila.
There are similar lanes on Marcos Highway connecting the cities of Marikina and Antipolo.
“We are planning to set up a bike lane between Camp Aguinaldo and Santolan along EDSA,” Tolentino said.
He said the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) has considered the proposal to allow commuters to bring with them folding bikes inside the trains of Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT).
He welcomed the observation of world renowned architect and urban planner Felino Palafox Jr. that the government’s infrastructure projects will not totally solve the traffic problem in Metro Manila.
Palafox said the government should focus on pedestrians instead of automobiles, a concept other countries have embraced.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO