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MMDA sees safer EDSA with motorcycle lanes


MANILA, Philippines — The head of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said Tuesday he was hoping the designation of motorcycle lanes on Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) would  help reduce the number of accidents on the highway.

“With the use of the motorcycle lanes in EDSA, we hope to see a dramatic decrease from the 700 accidents we see on the road every year,” MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino told reporters as he led the kickoff for the motorcycle lanes Tuesday morning at the MMDA headquarters in Makati.

He noted that about 12,000 motorcycles passed through EDSA every day, and said that the motorcycle lanes, also known as “blue lanes” for the strips of paint marking them, would instill discipline among motorcycle drivers and drivers of other vehicles alike.

Implementation of the  motorcycle lanes began Tuesday, but the MMDA said the first week of what would be a dry run where violators would not be fined but would be compelled only to attend a 15-minute road safety briefing. They will also be given MMDA stickers to attach to the windshield and gas tank of their motorcycles.

The briefing  areas are located on Roxas Boulevard, Orense, White Plains, Timog Avenue and Quezon Avenue.

However, come Monday next week, violators will be fined between P150 and P2,000, depending on the type of violations, which range from failure to wear helmets to drunk driving.

The Metro Manila Council, MMDA’s policy-making body, approved the use of motorcycle lanes on EDSA in January.

Motorcycle lanes have already been designated on Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City and Macapagal Boulevard in Pasay and Parañaque City.

The fourth lane of EDSA from the right sidewalk have been designated as motorcycle lanes. However, it is non-exclusive, which means other vehicles can use the lanes.

Motorcycle riders can only leave the lane not less than 200 meters before making a turn or heading for a U-turn.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4M77BVMNL7QPLQBYKGUSOK5PLM Xwcd Cxw

    that is totally wrong. just this morning ilang motorcycles ang muntik kong mabangga dahil nag-cu-cut sila papunta sa designated lane nila. expect accidents to happen. 

    the best solution is to ban motorcycles from major highways like Edsa, Commonwealth, etc. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RJ7MXZE3CGKQHLWZAIUZXLY6I jha

      road courtesy please… dagdagan ang travel time.. accident prone ang mga driver/rider na nagmamadali.,.. subok ko na yan..

  • differdetout

    It is true that a lack of discipline can be noticed among motorcycle riders. No protective equipment , no lights…. and that they have to be penalized for that is absolutely normal. But this has nothing to do with the implementation of a motorcycle lane.

    I cannot be against the idea of this lane as it is meant to protect the riders. But restricting them to ride on one lane , without being allowed to overtake any slow riding vehicle is a solution that will leave a feeling of frustration among the riders.

    I’ve been driving along the EDSA and again it is true that riders overtake very close from the cars , but mostly when the traffic is congested. Isn’t it the advantage of a bike to be able to get out of the traffic? In most countries the use of a motorcycle is encouraged to minimize the congestion of the roads. It is obvious as well that the asocial comportment of many drivers during rush hours causes the complete traffic for not respecting their lanes. Several areas don’t even have markings. Another example is vehicles who overtake at the right to enter U-turn slots or to turn left into intersections just to be in the front of the pack causing the straight heading vehicles to swerve away.This leaves the riders with a restricted area to manoeuvre or places them in the direct threat of swerving vehicles.

    It is therefore regrettable that because of the lack of discipline among all categories of road users only one group has to be penalized. A better solution would have been a smaller exclusive motorcycle lane.

    I really hope that now MMDA will not only focus on the motorcycles , but will also actively persecute the asocial comportment of all road users.

    For my side I will avoid EDSA as much as possible when travelling with my motorcycle.

    • Korean_woman

      Motor cycle riders mostly belong to the common tao, poor , lower class, Can you to discipline the rich self important pigs with there big vehicles from the other class,
      Still trappic is a great equalizer  when 100cc will get there faster, less cost and with a small carbon footprint, Disiplina tsk, tsk

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XYPFIGTBA5LXMX2UBLCQVG5AQE Martin

    In  my opinion Motorcycles should be banned from EDSA.  The current decision will only encourage more bikes to share the roadway with Buses, Trucks and Cars…..leading to more EDSA congestion and fatalities.   MMDA should have made the sensible and practical decision to just remove the motorcycles completely.  Most bikes i see follow no rules what so ever…and  no police vehicle can sneak thorough traffic to stop them.

    • differdetout

      Banning the motorcycles…. Do you have an alternative road for them? One with a motorcycle lane? To cross from Makati to Caloocan for 2000 cycles daily? Please share that road to us , I will be very pleased to use it.

      Most vehicles I see follow no rules what so ever…and no police is reacting on it……

  • TagaMlang

    The MMDA should also set a maximum speed for motorcycles using the blue lane.  I suggest that the speed limit should be 60 km/h for the blue lane, both for motorcycles and other vehicles using the lane. Should there be accident, it will somehow… somehow limit the damage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Martin-Castaneda/1344426199 Martin Castaneda

    I am not still confident with the motorcycle lane policy of Edsa regarding that cars can also use it because the problem here is what if a car suddenly brakes and the motorcycle behind it went out of the motorcycle lane to avoid an accident so that would be a violation. I think cars can criss cross the motorcycle lane but not stay on it is very dangerous I even have a habit of staying at the line or the road in my motorcycle to avoid cars that suddenly brakes.

    Anyway I am not passing Edsa anymore i find the motorcycle lane dangerous.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VO2CJWT5NXMFMGDXSWXG4DRLJY Adrian

    okey sana kaya lamg yung mga bus at pub pati private n vehinle pumapasok din hindi din safe ;;;;mali yata yan yung mga 4 wheel vehucle ppumapasok samantalang kami di puede s lane nila ,,,hoy mga eng eng  DA ,,gising b kayo,,,tanga din kasi eh,,,

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