The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to launch later today the designated bike lanes in the city of Manila.
MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said the bike lanes aim at promoting good health and better environment.
The MMDA will formally launch 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 would 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.
- Umagang Kay Ganda, November 15 2012