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FINDING the price of oil too high? Get a bicycle, especially if you live in Marikina City.

By Edson Castro Tandoc Jr. Inquirer News Service

Editor's Note: Published on page A15 of the June 28, 2005 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

The city inaugurates Tuesday a new 377-meter bicycle lane in Barangay Sto. Nio, connecting Sumulong Highway and the Katipunan Access Road near Cainta, Rizal.

The P3-million project funded by the World Bank has brought the entire length of bike lanes in Marikina City to 29.77 kilometers, the city public information office said.

The almost 30-km bicycle lane links markets, workplaces and residential areas.

The new bike lane that ends in the Katipunan Access Road is connected to the existing bike lane from Barangay Concepcion Dos, passing through Parang Area and ending in Barangay Fortune, where many factories are located.

The city government hopes to add 16 km more to the bike lane this year.

The project is part of the Marikina City Bikeways Program which aims to build a 66-km bike lane to promote the use of bikes as a means of transportation.

which earlier handed over 150 mountain bikes for barangay watchmen through its Bantay Bayan program, will also hand over bikes to Barangay Sto. Nio.

Bikes will not only save motorists money, but will also keep them physically fit and lessen air pollution.

The city encourages its residents to use bicycles.

Apart from training residents to bike, the city also has a bicycle loan project. Employees and students can obtain a loan payable in one year to buy bikes.

The bikeways program was started by former city mayor and now Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chair Bayani Fernando.

Tuesday's ceremonies will be attended by Fernando, local officials and representatives of the World Bank.

http://news.inq7.net/metro/index.php?index=1&story_id=41679

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