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MMDA Removes Makeshift Bike Lane Barriers Placed Along Commonwealth Avenue

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) removes the makeshift barriers for bike lane made by concerned bike groups.

The improvised bike lane, which used orange-colored plastic bottles was made by cycling advocacy group “Bikers United Marshalls” placed along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon was removed by the MMDA.

Image Source: Facebook

MMDA spokesperson and Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago said, the plastic containers placed by the bikers group, which aims to assist commuters using bikes were dangerous and do not ensure the safety of the bikers, based on the report of ABS-CBN News.

“Inaalis na po namin, kailangan po namin itong alisin,” Pialago said.

The group of enthusiasts will be given obstruction citation tickets and will have to pay a fine of P1,000 each. However, in the Facebook page of the Bikers United Marshalls, they condemned the decision of the MMDA for fining their members despite advocacy to help Filipino bikers.

Makeshift Bike Lane Barriers
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The group clarified that the makeshift bottles are not barricades, but are markers for their volunteer traffic Marshalls to “augment the already overwhelmed traffic enforcement personnel.”

The plastic bottles are only place during the 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. rush hour. After that, the group members remove them from the road. The group also clarified that the plastic bottles weighed 6 liters contrary to the claim of Pialago that is was only 1 liter.

“Contrary to the allegation that our actions pose a danger to people, our actions as volunteer Marshalls actually protect people,” the group stated in their post.

 “The fact that volunteer Marshalls are signaling bikers to remain in the rightmost lane and motorists to share the road creates a much safer road,” the group added.

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

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