THE MMDA bared plans on working towards the creation of biking and running friendly ‘family zones’ around Metro Manila.
MMDA Planning Officer Jose Reynaldo Lunas made the announcement during the media launch of the 2016 PRUride to London Criterium Race and Community Day at the Uptown Mall in Bonifacio Global City.
An assistant to MMDA Assistant General Manager and inclusive mobility advocate Julia Nebrida, Lunas said the agency has the ‘100 percent’ support of Metro Manila’s 17 mayors who recently signed a resolution to support the weekly initiative.
In the past few years, the MMDA has instituted bike lanes and provided bike lending services in selected thoroughfares around the metropolis to help provide bike commuters a safer method of travel.
Lunas said the MMDA and the local government units are identifying certain roads that can be closed and activated on designated days, particularly weekends and holidays, that could also link the family zones in the future. Another resolution the mayors also agreed to support is the revival of waterfronts along the Pasig River that might serve as alternative routes.
The family zones will be established via points of interests that are areas based on heritage, history or activity. BGC, where the PRULife event will be held on November 12, is considered one of the areas that could be part of the designated family zones.
Meanwhile, around 500 cyclists are expected to converge for the PRULife event in a criterium race to be held on Sunday at a closed 1.3 km circuit in McKinley West.
The weekend event has activities to educate, train and encourage safe cycling. There will be a closed 1.3 km circuit for 13 race categories. Registration fee is P500 and will cover a rider’s jersey, a finisher’s shirt and post-event food and beverage. Four all-expense paid trips to London, folding bicycles, cash prizes and other items are up for grabs in the raffle.
All proceeds will fund the National Bike Organization’s bike-friendly initiatives in road safety, bike lessons and bike commuting as well as fund bike projects such as racks and lanes in selected cities. To register, visit http://pruridetolondon.cpm.ph.