The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) relaunched its bike-sharing program at the agency’s command center in Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City.

Driven by the agency’s vision of a “greener” Metro Manila, MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos said that 40 new mountain bikes will be lent to interested pedestrians and commuters.

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

MMDA relaunches bike-sharing program

The said mountain bikes can be borrowed and used as an alternative mode of transport. MMDA said that the new bicycles will be dispatched to designated bike lanes:

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.

MMDA adds that the bike-sharing program is free and anyone can use the agency’s bicycles by presenting a valid identification card and by filling out a form at the control areas (bike stations). Bikers will be issued a plastic card which they will surrender when they return the bike at the next station.

MMDA relaunches bike-sharing program

The bike-sharing program was first launched last January 17, 2013 as the MMDA opened a one-kilometer bicycle lane along the northbound side of EDSA’s sidewalks in Magallanes to Ayala Avenue in Makati City.