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December 7, 2015

MMDA Revives Bike-Sharing Program; Acquires 40 New Mountain bikes

     Not only being true to the vision of a ‘greener’ Metro Manila but also providing an alternative mode of transport, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) tomorrow, December 8, will be re-launching its Bike-Sharing Program at the MMDA grounds in Makati City.

     During the re-launching of the project, MMDA officials, led by Chairman Emerson Carlos, will also witness the blessing of the 40 new mountain bikes around that will be lent to interested pedestrians and commuters who want to use them to get to their destinations.

     “We foresee this program to ultimately promote a greener Metro Manila as people will be using their motor vehicles less,” Carlos said.

     The new bicycles will be dispatched to areas with bike lanes in Ortigas area going to White Plains, Temple Drive, and Santolan near Camp Aguinaldo; Rajah Solayman in Kalaw, at the corner of Museong Pambata going to Quirino Grandstand in Manila; and Ayala going to Magallanes.

          In line with the bike-sharing program re-launch, the MMDA will also be screening the movie, Lakbay2Love, a coming of age film that promotes biking culture and environmental protection, at the Metro Manila Film Festival Cinema around 2 p.m.

          The movie, starring Solenn Heussaff and Dennis Trillo and directed by Ellen Ongkiko-Marfil, advocates biking as simple yet effective tool that promotes both transport mobility and reducing the use of fossil fuels.

          The advance screening of Lakbay2Love by the MMDA was done cooperation with Erasto Films.

     On Jan. 17, 2013, the MMDA introduced its first bicycle-sharing program as it opened a one-kilometer bicycle lane along the northbound side of EDSA‘s sidewalks in Magallanes to Ayala Avenue in Makati City.

     Enthusiasts may ride their own bicycles on the bike lane but the public can also use those provided by the MMDA for free under a "bike sharing system."

     Under this system, anyone who wants to ride an MMDA bike on the EDSA bike lane must first register with MMDA personnel at designated control areas along Magallanes, Pasay Road and Ayala Avenue.

     Pedestrians going to Magallanes from Ayala or vice-versa can use the bicycles upon presenting a valid identification card and filling out a record. Bikers will be issued a plastic card, which they will surrender when they leave the bike lane.

     However, the bicycles can only be used along the MMDA bike lanes and would have to be returned at the next bike station.


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