500 cyclists open newest bike lane: More! More!


A cycling enthusiast tries out the 1.75-kilometer-long bike lane from Remedios Circle to Adriatico Street in Manila, the newest bike lane to be opened by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Consider it the happy culmination of a two-year-long campaign for cleaner air and safer streets.

More than 500 bikers from different cycling organizations joined the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Thursday as it launched a 1.75-kilometer-long bike lane from Remedios Circle to Adriatico Street in Manila.

According to MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, the opening of the bike lane will help ensure the safety of bicycle riders on major roads in Metro Manila.

“We also want to promote the use of bicycles as an alternative mode of transportation that will give us cleaner air,” he said.

We Want Bike Lanes for RP Movement director Erwin M. Paala said they started the cyclist movement in 2010 after 70-year-old biker and construction worker Alfredo Padilla was killed by a truck in Pandacan, Manila.

In its Facebook page, the movement calls on government and the community to help prevent deaths due to accidents on major roads and highways.

Jun Salaveria, a biking enthusiast for 18 years, said the MMDA’s move would encourage more people to go biking in the metropolis.

“This is just a drop in the bucket but it is a good start because many people will discover that it is more fun to ride a bike than to drive a car,” he told the Inquirer.

Salaveria added, however, that he was hoping that more bike lanes would be set up in other cities in Metro Manila.

At a meeting with Metro mayors in Aloha Hotel later in the day, Tolentino encouraged them to open bike lanes in their areas.

So far, only Muntinlupa Mayor Aldrin San Pedro and Marikina Mayor Del de Guzman, who joined the early-morning bike ride with Tolentino and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, have expressed willingness to do so.

Marikina has already set up bike lanes in the city, a project started by its former mayor Bayani Fernando.

Tolentino said the agency would open two more bike lanes on November 26 on Marcos Highway in Marikina and on November 28 on Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.

Meanwhile, the MMDA and Lim on Thursday also opened a park designed to teach children road safety and traffic discipline.

More than 20 pupils from Manila Day Care Center in Malate were taught by MMDA personnel to use the mini-footbridge and underpass in the Children’s Road Safety Park, which used to be known as the Paraiso ng Batang Maynila. The kids were also allowed to use electric-powered miniature cars to help them recognize basic road signs.

“We want to instill in their young minds the essence of road discipline to avoid having individuals like Robert Blair Carabuena in the future,” Tolentino said, referring to the motorist who was charged by the MMDA after he beat up one of its traffic constables.

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  • $14334231

    pwede namang aspalto o semento, basta ba tama ang mikslada, bakit decorative tiles pa ang ginamit eh, daanan lang ng bisikleta?…pasiklab pa kayo eh, ni walang dalawang kilometro ang ginawa n’yo????….aray, masakit sa bulsa ni juan ito!!!!…….

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KXX7P2RGVXPCY3YEGMECORWDFY Sherwin

      Ok na rin kesa wala bro.

      actually maganda din ang ganyang klaseng sahig kase pag nabasag o nasira, yung part lang na nasira ang kelangan palitan :)

      sana dumami pa ang bike lanes, di lang madanda sa hangin kundi maganda din sa kalusugan ang pag bibike.

    • BalitaMan

      Dati ng naka tiles yang part ng kalsada na yan bago pa gawing bike lines.

    • pangitbudhiko

      yes, bakit bricks pa, at ang kitid, isang bisikleta lang ang puwedeng dumaan.

  • kilabot

    to those who’d prefer to hike than bike, skyzebra is it.
    mmda builds a covered elevated pedestrian skylane (skyzebra) along the length of edsa from pasay to caloocan. just like a covered footbridge. these are the advantages:
      1) option to walk to destinations protected from sun and rain;
      2) traffic-proof;
      3) flood-proof;
      4) walking is healthy;
      5) saves money;
      6) reduces passengers, buses plying edsa, traffic;
      7) reduces pollution;
      8) tourism promotion;
      9) a well-deserved gift to mm residents;
    caution: the stretch must be well lighted, secured and must not allow vendors,bikes,etc.

  • bugoybanggers

    Okay ito, tuwang tuwa na naman ang mga KULIGLIG at mga Tricycle Drivers nito. Malawak na ang madadaanan nila. Isama ninyo narin ang mga PEDICAB drivers. Ewan ko lang baka mismong mga CYCLISTA pa ang mataboy ng mga KUPAL na mga drivers na ito. Bantayan ninyo MMDA, umeeksina na sila sa may parteng MANILA. 

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