There are good cyclists, and then there are these dudes.
Apparently, some cyclists can’t be bothered to find proper places to cross EDSA, instead opting to use U-turn slots to make it to the other side. The worst part about it is that the act involves having to take the major thoroughfare’s busy traffic head-on.
In a Facebook post earlier today, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic chief Bong Nebrija warned counterflowing cyclists on EDSA to stop choosing convenience over safety. Footage uploaded by the official on social media shows bicycle riders recklessly trying to cross the highway with complete disregard for their well-being.
“Nandito po kami sa General Tinio U-turn. Ipapakita ko lang sa inyo ang delikado na ginagawa ng mga siklista natin. Ayan,” Nebrija says in the video as a cyclists begins to counterflow on EDSA. “Ika-counterflow po nila yung gitna. Yan nakita nila kami kaya siya huminto. Ops, tapos tatawid.”
Nebrija also griped that despite these cyclists’ actions, the motorist will be the one to shoulder the blame in the event of an accident.
“Ano ba talagang disiplina meron tayo? Pambihira o. Hindi ba nila iniisip ang kaligtasan nila? Sinasalubong nila yung traffic na napakabilis diyan. Tapos yan pag tinamaan, nadisgrasya, damay yung driver,” Nebrija stressed, adding that the MMDA recently apprehended a cyclist not just for counterflowing, but for not wearing proper gear and ferrying a child, too.
“Nakikita nating pasalubong ang mga sasakyan. Tapos tatambayan nila yan,” Nebrija said as a trio of cyclists pauses in the middle of EDSA to time their crossing properly. “Kung mahagip sila ng mga truck na dumadaan dito?
“Suicidal na talaga ang mga tao ngayon eh. Nakikipag-pagtintero sa kamatayan itong mga ’to eh.”
Good drivers and reckless drivers, good motorcycle riders and inconsiderate ones—there will always be bad apples on the road no matter what. The problem is that, in the eyes of many, actions like this tend to give everyone a bad look.