Muntinlupa is poised to become a key route for cyclists from Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and Quezon once plans for additional bike lanes are implemented.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) Road Sector recently met with Mayor Ruffy Biazon to discuss bike lane expansions in Muntinlupa to improve transport linkages between the National Capital Region and the south.
"These plans complement the city’s vision to have walkable and bikeable communities for all Muntinlupeños," said Biazon.
Undersecretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Steven Pastor presented to Biazon the overview of the project proposal, which also involves bike lane projects in the CALABARZON area, with implementation targeted for May 2023.
According to Pastor, Muntinlupa plays a vital role in moving people in and out of the NCR, being the main gateway to the south.
"Muntinlupa's early preparation is crucial in linking the similar active transport expansion projects in the south which are expected to be implemented in the provinces of Cavite and Laguna," he said.
Muntinlupa has a vibrant cycling community, which grew significantly from weekend riders to daily bikers-to-work during the pandemic.
The proposed expansion of bike lanes is expected to benefit thousands of cycling commuters passing through the city, as this will help increase alternate routes to ensure safety for cyclists and other road users.