Cebuano riders: We don’t want another ‘Marilaque’ in our place

Cebu's Transcentral Highway now famous for motorcycle accidents
by Aris Ilagan | Nov 26, 2018
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Are you familiar with the road strip adjacent to Cebu City called ‘TCH’? It actually stands for Transcentral Highway, which is fast becoming popular for weekend drives and rides.

Considered as the ‘mini-Baguio City’ of Cebu, TCH boasts scenic mountain views, bottomless twisties, steep slopes, and flawless pavement that excite car drivers and motorcycle riders, particularly on Sundays. The 40km route also features modest-looking restaurants that offer affordable yet delicious meals. It’s perfect for a quick breakfast ride.

The TCH is an alternative route that connects Cebu City to the northwestern coastal towns of Balamban, Toledo, Asturias, and Tuburan. The roads of TCH are so challenging that everyone wants to go full throttle once they see the sweepers and tight corners. But recently, Cebuanos have been comparing this area to Marilaque (Marikina-Rizal-Laguna-Quezon) highway in Tanay, Rizal, where motorcycle accidents have become a common sight.

Like in Marilaque, resorts and restaurants have sprouted along the TCH in recent years as the number of visiting motorists grew. But here’s the downside to that economic boom: Road safety has become a big concern among the locals. This prompted a big group of riders to join a seminar on riding safety by coach Joey Storm Rivero of Zero-2-Podium Riding School over the weekend.

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The lecture was only a half-day event, but those present were all ears when Rivero talked about road safety and gave some tips on how to enhance their skills on two wheels. The seminar was well-attended by both big and small bikers, a sign that motorcyclists in this part of Central Visayas are united in promoting riding safety.

After resort owners and residents of Tanay, Rizal, complained about the overspeeding and reckless riding on Marilaque, the Philippine National Police–Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) declared the infamous strip as a ‘traffic discipline zone’ by imposing a 50kph speed limit for all vehicles.

“What we are trying to avoid is yung matulad siya (TCH) sa Marilaque, na kaliwa’t kanan ang disgrasya,” says Jon Louie Caminero, a supporter of OZ Racing Lifestyle apparel, which supported the event along with Harley-Davidson of Cebu and Motul engine oil. He also hopes to have more road safety seminars for the local riders in the future.

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