Mayor Marcy promotes cycling for health and economic benefits – Manila Bulletin

Marikina City Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro on Sunday August 14 promoted the use of bicycles in the city due to its health, ecological and economic benefits, especially amid the threat of Covid- 19 and its more transmissible Omicron sub-variants and skyrocketing fuel prices due to the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

Photo by Marikina PIO

In a series of photos posted on Facebook, Teodoro led the launch of Bike Fest 2022, a cycling event run by officials from barangay San Roque as part of his fiesta. The event took place in Bacolod Street and crossed different roads in the barangay.

Photo by Marikina PIO

Teodoro said he believes bike safety is essential for a person to have a strong body and well-being. He added that it also helps to lessen the pollution and carbon footprint created by vehicle use.

Cycling to and from work also helps people save money normally spent on commuting.

On April 27, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) opened two new routes for cyclists to use in the city of Marikina and south of Metro Manila, which runs between connect to the existing 313 kilometer cycleway in Metro Manila. Network after seeing an increase in the number of people making the transition to cycling.

The first project is the East or Marikina cycle lane network consisting of the following elements:

– General Ordoñez Avenue of 72 kilometers

– Liwasang Kalayaan of 90 kilometers

– 92 kilometers from J. Molina, Scarlet and Russet streets

– 64 kilometers from Park Creek, from St. Vincent Hospital to Marikina Rehabilitation Center

The second part is the South Manila Cycle Route Network covering the following areas:

– 87 kilometer Quirino Avenue to San Antonio Avenue via NAIA Road, Ninoy Aquino Road and Parañaque-Sucat Road in Parañaque

– Carlos P. Garcia station of 83 kilometers. to Bridgeway Avenue/North Bridgeway via Diego Cera Avenue and Alabang-Zapote Road to Muntinlupa

– 20 kilometer Investment Drive to Portofino Heights via Daang Hari Road in Las Piñas

According to former DPWH secretary Roger Mercado, these roads are now equipped with reflective thermoplastic pavement markings, bike lane dividers, bike racks and traffic signs to keep cyclists safe.

On October 29, 2020, Marikina City won silver in the inaugural Mobility Awards which were launched in September 2020 by the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, MNL Moves, The Climate Reality Project Philippines and 350 Pilipinas, to help to prioritize the needs of the majority of Filipinos who do not have cars.

The winners of this year’s Mobility Awards were judged by environmental and active mobility industry judges based on the presence of bike-friendly infrastructure, policy integration, implementation or the proper use of infrastructure, as well as the application of policies.

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