Riders of both bicycles and motorcycles can now have a worry-free ride along EDSA as the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) officially opens its Motorcycle/Bicycle Repair Station.
The new Motorcycle/Bicycle Repair Station is equipped with basic repair and vulcanizing tools for both bikes and motorcycles. What's even better is that it's FREE of charge and is manned by trained MMDA personnel who can assist riders whose rides had broken down.
“The thrust of this project is to provide free space and assistance in cases where emergency repairs are needed rather than towing the vehicles, outright. The only time the vehicle will be towed is when it is beyond repair,” said MMDA Chairman, Atty. Romando Artes said during the launch.
Artes said that the agency will put up more motorcycle and bicycle repair stations in different strategic locations all over Metro Manila where cyclists and motorcycle riders usually traverse and will eventually expand the project to also cater to four-wheel vehicles.
Congressman-elect, Bonifacio Bosita, of 1Rider Partylist, who was present during the event, expressed support for the project. “This will surely make the rider community happy since they now have a place to go to in case they need emergency repairs,” shared Bosita.
Artes also advised cyclists to practice road safety measures and warned motorcycle riders who are entering bike lanes that they will be apprehended via the agency’s No Contact Apprehension Policy.
He noted that the MMDA will continue to push for its proposal to have elevated bike lanes and walkways and is still studying proposals and will consult stakeholders on whether to give motorcycles a dedicated lane along major thoroughfares. The Motorcycle/Bicycle Repair Station is open from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily.