Marikina Bikeways, first in the Philippines

MARIKINA BIKEWAYS. This one is along Sumulong Highway, near Vista Valley gate.

The Marikina Bikeways is an integrated network of 52 kms. of bike lanes spread all over the Shoe Capital of the Philippines. Funded by the World Bank thru a dollar denominated grant in 2001, it advocates “bike to work” and using the bicycle to move around the metropolis to lessen pollution.

For newcomers, it might be best to park at the Marikina Sports Park along Sumulong Highway. Have breakfast at McDonalds or some other fastfoods at Bluewave Mall … then bike from there.

Among lush greenery and the back of homes. Beside a creek parallel to Olive Street, SSS Village, Concepcion Dos.

The Marikina Bikeways is a legacy project of the Fernando couple … former mayors Bayani and Marides. It was resurrected by present Mayor Del R. De Guzman in 2010 when he revived the Marikina Bikeways Office after three years of being inactive.

It is now about 60 kms. long … not counting the bike lanes on both sides of the stretch of Marcos Highway courtesy of the Department of Public Works and Highways. There are plans to extend it outside of Marikina into Eastwood City and another extension into Katipunan Avenue and the University of the Philippines campus in Diliman.

The local government is also considering converting “Daang Bakal” into the Marikina Greenways project stretching all the way from San Mateo to the Manggahan Floodway in Pasig with the help of both LGUs, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, the Ateneo School of Government Inclusive Mobility Project, and other government agencies.

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