As public transportation remains limited amid the Covid-19 pandemic, many Filipinos have turned to cycling as an alternative mode of transport. Fortunately, some cities around the metro have begun to set up infrastructures to support and protect bike commuters.
One of the busiest bike lanes in Pasig City now offers a free, self-service bicycle repair station. Located along F. Ortigas Jr Road (formerly Emerald Ave), the repair station features a bike pump, Allen wrenches, screwdrivers, and other essential tools to address common bike commuting problems, like flat tires and snapped chains.
Led by Barangay San Antonio, BSA Sangguniang Kabataan, and Cadence Cycle Hub, the repair station is the first of its kind in the city. The station is also accessible to bikers passing through Julia Vargas Ave, San Miguel Ave, and ADB Ave.
In a statement, Barangay Chairman Raymond Lising said that the station hopes to encourage more citizens to use bikes as a means of transportation. He also expressed plans to install more repair stations in Brgy. San Antonio, especially in the Central Business District.
“We appeal to the public to do their part in taking care of our bike repair stations. May this be a sense of pride for all of us in BSA that the barangay has this kind of initiative,” Lising said.
The Bike Repair Station is free to use and will remain in operation throughout the ECQ in NCR+. While primarily an aid to bikers, the Bike Repair Station also contributes to the barangay’s goal of achieving environment-friendly transportation. Electric jeeps are expected to be available to residents and employees soon.