At the turn of 2019, the idea of creating a motorcycle-only lane along EDSA was floated by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). It seems that this might become a reality by next year, or so special operations commander Bong Nebrija says.
According to an Inquirer report, the agency is planning to implement the dedicated motorcycle lane along the notorious thoroughfare by 2020, but it plans on using barricades to do so.
“Napakahirap po ipatupad ng motorcycle lane considering the limited manpower the MMDA has. Napakahirap din ng non-contact apprehension kasi napakaliit o walang plaka ’yung karamihan,” Nebrija said in a recent interview.
Nebrija also said that plans have already been laid out for this, but cites the lack of funding as the reason why it hasn’t been rolled out yet.
“Pinag-uusapan na po namin together with the DPWH yung paglalagay ng dedicated lane. Kung matutuloy ito, ito ay naka-polar, hindi sila pwedeng labas-pasok,” he added. “Nakita ko na yung plano, hinahanapan na lang siguro yung pondo para ipatupad dahil bibili tayo ng polars. Yan yung ipapangbakod natin diyan para ma-segregate din ang buses and private vehicles.”
So, do you reckon creating a fenced motorcycle lane along EDSA will actually help? Also, how do you think does this stack up against the other proposed EDSA traffic solutions from 2019? Let us know in the comments.