MMDA Eyes to Expand Sidewalks along EDSA as Bike Lane for Cyclers

MMDA Eyes to Expand Sidewalks as Bike Lane for the New Traffic Scheme

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) eyes to expand the sidewalks to make it as bike lanes for the dry run of the new traffic scheme in preparation for the “new normal.”

The orange traffic cones deployed by MMDA can be seen along EDSA from the corner of White Plains Avenue to the corner of Boni Serrano as a marker on the bike lane. The outer lane or the lane adjacent to the sidewalk will be used as a bike lane for the dry run of the new traffic plan.

MMDA Eyes to Expand Sidewalks
Image Souce: Inquirer

MMDA traffic chief Bong Nebrija has announced that they will be segmenting the bike lane along EDSA. Meanwhile, according to MMDA Spokesperson, Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago, the long-term plan for bicycles has yet to be implemented.

Based on the report of RMN, the cones laid out at EDSA, however, are just for the dry-run of ‘World Bicycle Day’ on June 3, 2020, and are not permanent. Pialago also acknowledged that cones and traffic constables cannot guarantee the safety of bikers, so long-term plans are important to implement.

They support cycling as transportation in the ‘new normal’ but need to ensure the safety of the bikers. Pialago also said the MMDA plans to expand sidewalks along EDSA and to build protected bike lane.

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