There were around 50 bike enthusiast who participated in the dry run
By Nicole Ganglani | Photo from Inquirer.net
Have you ever wondered how a bike-friendly EDSA would look?
On May 24, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) set up a trial run for a bike lane running along the country’s main thoroughfare. The MMDA utilized delineation cones for cyclists and electric scooter users to travel from White Plains Avenue to Boni Serrano Avenue in Quezon City.
WATCH: A few hours after the installation of a temporary lane for bikes and personal mobility devices on Sunday, May 24. pic.twitter.com/5wntVxU4uH
— Cycling Matters 🚴♀️ 🚴♂️ 🇵🇭 (@CyclingMatters_) May 24, 2020
According to MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago, the bike trial was in preparation for World Bicycle Day on Jun. 3, which the organization plans to observe. Pialgo also adds that the bike lanes are only temporary as the MMDA has no final long-term plans yet to implement bicycle lanes along EDSA.
“Rest assured, however, that the agency has concrete plans regarding bike lanes. But it needs time for discussions, planning and correct implementation because what we want are ‘protected’ bike lanes,” says Pialgo.
Still, there were more than 50 people who participated in the dry run. One of whom is 55-year-old Ricky De Vera who’s been commuting with his mountain bike for over seven years now. De Vera told Inquirer.net that he was impressed with the 1.3-kilometer cycling lane set up by the MMDA.
“This is such a good initiative,” he tells Inquirer. “We hope this will continue in the future, so people don’t have to be scared about biking in Manila.”
Currently, the MMDA is still in the planning phase of implementing “protected” bike lanes along Metro Manila. EDSA Evolution (a transport coalition group) is confident that the government will execute plans for bikes and scooters users once the coronavirus pandemic in the country subsides.
Here’s how some netizens and cycling advocates reacted:
Painting "bike lane" on a sidewalk full of obstacles doesn't make it a bike lane. It's also dangerous to pedestrians.
Give us dedicated, protected, bike lanes. Motorized vehicles have 6 entire lanes on EDSA yet traffic doesn't improve. It's time to rethink your policies. https://t.co/MNxUcNCi5z
— Diego Magallona (@diegomags) May 26, 2020
I think it's a one-off for now. Groups like @EDSA_Evolution will have to continue engaging @MMDA to actually set-up pop-up cycling lanes at a daily basis on weekdays, & for a longer stretch along EDSA. hopefully the find space in their MOOE funds to purchase traffic cones
— Omi (@omionabike) May 25, 2020
The testing was spearheaded by Edsa Evolution with support from various bike advocacy organisations. We thank MMDA for their support of the demonstration activity. But the agency to change its priority and position on how and where to build bike lanes on our roads including EDSA.
— MNL Moves (@MNLMoves) May 26, 2020
— Hya Bendaña ฅ'ω'ฅ (@hyabendana) May 24, 2020
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