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.
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.
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.