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MMDA opens children's road safety park, 2 bicycle lanes in Manila


Children can now learn more about road safety with a park with miniature road signs, pedestrian lanes and footbridges, while bikers can now ride safely along two roads in Manila.
 
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority on Thursday morning formally opened the Children's Road Safety Park and two bike lanes in the city.
 
A photo posted by the MMDA on its Twitter account showed city officials led by Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim taking part in the opening.
 
Other photos also showed batches of children who were the first visitors to the park.
 
Located in front of Manila Zoo at the corner of Adriatico Street and Quirino Avenue, the park aims to teach children road safety and traffic discipline.
 
“Through this park, we are inculcating the value of road safety and traffic discipline among the children,” MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said in a news release posted on the Office of the President website.
 
Bicycle lanes
 
Also on Thursday, the MMDA opened a 1.755-km bicycle lane from Remedios Circle up to Paraiso ng Batang Maynila on M. Adriatico Street.
 
It also opened a 550-meter lane from Quirino Avenue up to the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Roxas Boulevard.
 
“These dedicated lanes are intended to ensure the safety of the bicycle riders who traverse Metro Manila’s major roads,” Tolentino said.  
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino (center) along with two Miss Earth 2012 contestants lead the launching of a bike lane from Remedios Circle in Malate, Manila to the PICC on Thursday. Tolentino urges motorists and the public to ride bicycles to reduce pollution in the metropolis. Photo by Danny Pata
 
Similar bicycle lanes would also be created along Marcos Highway in Marikina City and Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City, the MMDA said.
 
Tolentino said the creation of bicycle lanes along major thoroughfares aims to promote the use of bicycle as an alternative mode of transportation.
 
“Apart from being environment-friendly, biking is also good for the health,” he said. –KG, GMA News
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