Is a greener, tree-lined EDSA that prioritizes people over cars possible?

This organization thinks so
by Drei Laurel | Apr 23, 2021
PHOTO: Asian Development Bank

Is EDSA a perfectly serviceable highway? It all depends on your standards, but sure, we guess you could say that. But if you think EDSA is anything close to a shining beacon of urban mobility, you might want to reconsider.

The truth is, we’ve just gotten used to EDSA. Many deal with the smog-filled, traffic-clogged thoroughfare simply because it’s always been that way. This is something the Green EDSA Movement is hoping to change.

The organization was launched yesterday during Earth Day 2021, and expressed its desire to change the highway for the better. In its manifesto, the group called EDSA’s current situation “deplorable” due to its deteriorated state, and called for the country to band together to bring about change.

With the help of public-private partnerships and cooperation from the Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Green EDSA Movement hopes to create a “calmer, tree-lined thoroughfare, with wide sidewalks conducive to walking and promenading.”

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Now, we know what some of you are thinking: ‘But what about our cars?’ Well, among the group’s goals is the transformation of EDSA into a place where “people mobility is prioritized over vehicle mobility, mass public transportation is fueled by clean energy, greenways are developed, road sharing is rationalized, bicycle lanes are adequate, and pedestrians are provided equitable space.” Okay, we know those milestones are pretty ambitious. But you have to start somewhere, right?

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