Friday, October 09, 2009

Coming soon: folding bikes on the LRT

I read this over @ PMTB: http://www.pinoymtbiker.org/forum/showthread.php?p=226280#post226280

And as always triggered me to share and post. Couldn't help but be very happy, so happy that I could eat a box of Lucky Me Sweet & Spicy Pancit Canton.

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from Jojo Gutierrez (Jojo is a member of the UP Mountaineers and among the founders of the UP Padyak Bike-sharing project)

UPMountaineers and members of the UP community,

Great day for the environment today!

We just had a meeting with Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) Administrator Mel Robles about the possibility of having folding bikes on board LRT line 1 and 2! addendum: fullsized bikes might be allowed on weekends

Pio Fortuno and I met Mr. Robles at the Pasay Depot. Immediately he said the folding bikes can ride as early as November if we want. Inter-modal commuting will happen in this country peeps and the UPM had a hand in influencing this to happen!

Mr. Robles saw a biking community in UP and thinks that he can easily link this up with Line 2 / Aurora. Other biking communities that can follow will be in Ortigas Center and Makati. Ateneo din sana....

(Fyi, the LRT 1 / Taft / Caloocan loop will connect with EDSA Line 3 / Trinoma by December and start operations by Feb 2010)

First things first though. We need to help him formulate policy and ideas how this should be done. A focused group discussion is planned for October 24 at the Santolan Station Depot. Those who wish to participate please email / sms me directly. It would be great though to have a good size of UPM bikers there specially Encom heads, past and present. Planners and engineers or business people should attend also. We need to help them organize the reasons why this should be done. Ganyan talaga ang public transport, we need some sort of consultation para maayos ang pag administer. We will be meeting with Mr. Robles and his team of Operations Managers. Pagkakataon na ito!

Yan muna. More details to follow. Pio, paki kwento rin yung ibang items that I missed out.

Salamat at mabuhay ang UPM!

Jojo Gutierrez
UPM88

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Just imagine the blessing and opportunity for our fellow Filipino bike commuters.

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