By Ellson A. Quismorio, http://www.mb.com.ph
It’s safe to say that the bicycles hanging on the walls along Epifanio de los Santos Ave. (EDSA) in the areas of Ayala and Magallanes have attracted much attention from pedestrians and thieves alike.
While the thieves were not readily available for comment (they were all probably huddling in one of the side streets, scheming), pedestrians and commuters usually give that bewildered, head-scratching expression when seeing the mounted bikes for the first time.
These bikes, in fact, are part of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) Share-a-Bike project, to be used on the one-kilometer bike lane that the agency opened along the sidewalk between Magallanes and Ayala last Jan. 17.
The rationale for this project was to provide the people with a “greener” alternative to public transport, like the buses that dominate the EDSA, at least for that part of the highway.
That idea has yet to catch on with the general public.