QC GORA lane encourages walking

<p><strong>GORA LANE.</strong> Quezon City’s redeveloped pedestrian corridor dubbed as the Green, Open, Renewable, Access (GORA) lane is launched Thursday (May 27, 2021). The project aims to promote walking among its constituents, Mayor Joy Belmonte said in a statement. <em>(PNA file photo)</em></p>

GORA LANE. Quezon City’s redeveloped pedestrian corridor dubbed as the Green, Open, Renewable, Access (GORA) lane is launched Thursday (May 27, 2021). The project aims to promote walking among its constituents, Mayor Joy Belmonte said in a statement. (PNA file photo)

MANILA – A 5.39-kilometer redeveloped pedestrian corridor, dubbed the Green, Open, Renewable, Access (GORA) lane, was launched in Quezon City on Thursday for safe and walkable streets.

Mayor Joy Belmonte said in a statement that the GORA lane is the first of its kind in QC.

"Our residents deserve more open space than ever and our recovery will come to life on these streets," Belmonte said.

The GORA lane that passes through Doña Hemady Avenue, Scout Tobias Street, and Mother Ignacia Avenue is expected to provide residents with access to the city’s three major roads, namely Aurora Boulevard, Quezon Avenue, and Edsa.

Belmonte highlighted the significance of having an active mode of transportation that includes walking, especially now that public transportation and mobility are still limited because of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

She added that through the project, the city government hopes to encourage its citizens to walk more and “go places” through a network of sustainable, walkable, safe, accessible, and beautiful streets.

Belmonte expects that the redeveloped pedestrian corridors will help boost economic activities in the city by connecting commercial areas such as those on Gilmore Street, Tomas Morato Avenue, and Timog Avenue.

"We're glad that this project turned out to be a success. We hope our citizens will find this lane not only beautiful but also useful to them, and that they will favor walking to their last-mile destinations, if possible, than riding their vehicles," Belmonte said.

Through the GORA lane project, wider sidewalks and pocket parks were created with better lighting, direction signage, planting strip, and public art installations.

The project also connects major transportation lines from Light Rail Transit-2’s Gilmore station and Metro Rail Transit 3’s GMA Kamuning and Quezon Avenue stations. (PR)

 

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