ITDP is wrapping up work on the Manila greenway designs and parking plans in an area named Kapitolyo. The proposed greenways, bus rapid transit (BRT) and parking reform in the area will greatly benefit the livability of Kapitolyo and attract more visitors to its upcoming restaurant scene. Critically important for residents is that the greenway and BRT plan combined with parking and landscape improvements will result in less car traffic in the community. ITDP’s proposed plans regarding BRT, greenways and parking reforms in Kapitolyo were enthusiastically endorsed by the representatives of the community who were present at the meeting.
Manila Greenway Program
The objective of the Manila Greenway study and preliminary design is to provide a basis for the implementation of greenways and non-motorized transport (NMT) facility improvements in Metro Manila by starting with a ‘core’ greenway network connecting major parts of the city. In the future, this network can be expanded to additional areas. An extended greenway network or “bicycle superhighway” could extend along the Pasig and Marikina Rivers, from the Marikina bikeways to San Francisco street in Mandalayong, and possibly all the way to the port area. Another objective is to integrate greenways and high quality NMT connections with the BRT corridors being planned as part of a separate study carried out by ITDP China in 2015. The last part of the design plan is to combine the work on the greenway with the work on systems in related areas including bike share planning, bike network planning, and an ongoing Asian Development Bank (ADB) resilience planning project.
Manila Parking Reform
Parking is often related to greenways and non-motorized transport improvement, because the areas used to create greenways are often parking spaces. It is often therefore essential to consider parking issues in the greenway planning in order to ensure continuity of the greenways. This is the case for some sections of the proposed greenways in Metro Manila, mainly in the Kapitolyo area.
The parking reform project is working towards integrating on-street parking with greenway designs. In the proposed design for West Capitol Drive and East Capitol Drive parking spaces are provided on one side of the street. Given already high parking demand on these streets a parking survey was conducted to document existing parking demand and provide solutions to Kapitolyo’s parking problems.