Mayor Marcy promotes cycling for health, economic benefits

Published August 15, 2022, 10:00 AM

by Patrick Garcia

Marikina City Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro on Sunday, Aug. 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 subvariants and the skyrocketing prices of fuel due to the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

Photo from Marikina PIO

In a set of photos posted on Facebook, Teodoro led the launch of Bike Fest 2022, a cycling event spearheaded by officials of barangay San Roque as part of its fiesta. The event was held in Bacolod Street and passed through different routes in the barangay.

Photo from Marikina PIO

Teodoro said he believes that safe cycling is essential for a person to have a strong body and well-being. He added that it also helps mitigate pollution and carbon footprint created by the use of vehicles.

Cycling to and from the workplace 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 roadways that cyclists may use in Marikina City and south of Metro Manila which connect to the existing 313-kilometers Metro Manila Bike Lane Network after it saw an uptick in the number of individuals transitioning to cycling.

Project one is the East or Marikina Bike Lane Network composed of the following:

– 72-kilometer General Ordoñez Avenue

– 90-kilometer Liwasang Kalayaan

– 92-kilometer J. Molina, Scarlet and Russet Streets

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

The second part is the South Manila Bike Lane 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

– 83-kilometer Carlos P. Garcia Ext. to Bridgeway Avenue/North Bridgeway via Diego Cera Avenue and Alabang-Zapote Road in Muntinlupa

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

According to former DPWH Secretary Roger Mercado, these roads now come with reflectorized thermoplastic pavement markings, bike lane separators, bike racks, and road signs to ensure the safety of cyclists.

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

The winners for this year’s Mobility Awards were assessed by judges from the environment and active mobility sector according to the presence of bike-friendly infrastructure, integration of policies, implementation or the proper use of infrastructure, as well as enforcement of policies.