Bicycles have been a go-to mode of transportation during this ongoing pandemic. They’re much more affordable than things like electric kick scooters, not to mention more cost-efficient. However, the problem of infrastructure for cyclists in Metro Manila still remains.
Various local government units and agencies have recently made efforts to address this, starting with the creation and expansion of dedicated bicycle lanes. Now, in its attempt to improve the situation for cyclists and commuters even further, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has installed bicycle racks at MRT-3 stations.
The agency began this initiative on June 22, and it has now announced that these bike racks may already be used by the public during the MRT-3’s operating hours. One rack can hold up to five bicycles, and as of this writing, there are now racks installed at the North Avenue, Quezon Avenue, and GMA-Kamuning northbound stations.
The DOTr and the MRT-3 management plan to install more of these in the future. The goal is to have 34 bike racks available across all northbound and southbound stations of the train line.
“Sinusuportahan ng MRT-3 ang inisyatibo ng DOTr na i-promote ang active transportation at makapagbigay ng maginhawa at ligtas na biyahe para sa mga pasahero. Kami ay magpapatuloy sa paglalagay ng mga karagdagang bike racks sa mga susunod na linggo,” said MRT-3 director for operations Michael Capati.
The MRT-3 management reminded the public to use the bike racks with caution, clarifying that it will not be liable for any possible losses or damages to the bikes or belongings that will be left at train stations.
What’s your take on this new initiative from the DOTr? Do you think this will be beneficial to commuters?