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The MMDA Wants A Dedicated Motorcycle Lane On EDSA

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Only if the current lanes get a diet

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is looking to add a dedicated, motorcycle lane in the busiest stretch of highway in the Philippines.

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said that they were looking at adding a motorcycle lane right beside the bus lane in EDSA, which would be exclusively for two-wheeled vehicles.

Adding that additional lane means putting the current 5 to 6 lane highway on a diet, reducing the width of each lane that currently stands at 3.5 to 3.7 meters to barely over 3 meters (3.05 meters to be exact).

The MMDA’s proposal to reduce the width of the lanes in EDSA isn’t without precedent – other countries like Amsterdam, Tokyo, and Paris have slimmer lanes compared to the standard size in EDSA today, and studies have shown that slimmer lanes have the lowest crash fatality rates.

With the roads narrowed, there will now be six lanes on EDSA:

  • 2 lanes for passenger buses
  • 1 lane for motorcycles
  • 3 lanes for private vehicles

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John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

3 Comments

  1. The MMDA’s proposal to reduce the width of the lanes in EDSA isn’t without precedent – other countries like Amsterdam, Tokyo, and Paris have slimmer lanes compared to the standard size in EDSA today, === like based from the studies “other countries like Amsterdam, Tokyo, and Paris” every individual of that said countries before gettings a license that is privilege to drive an MV aside from they’re disciplined individual, they also nortured propero do’s and donts from exam and test for MV license. which means MMDA must need a brainstorming process that reflects and basing on the qualities of a mind of every filipino individual not basing from other countries dahil magkaiba ang pananaw ng ibang bansa sa sarili nilang batas at traffics compared sa pananaw natin sa tulad natin pilipino bottomline is kung hindi lang corrupt ang agency branches eh di sana lahat ng humahawak ng MV dito sa bansa natin ay disiplinado at wala kang makikitang motor na biglang singit at madaling sumingit (same goes with the PUB, PUJ, PUV) at aware lahat sa do’s and donts…

  2. Ok. Are they serious? Bike lane beside the bus lane? What the! I’d rather be in the middle of EDSA standing than beside a big box that cannot see me coming. Yup! Slimmer lanes translate to lower crash rates but it’s Japan! Amsterdam! What’s up! Philippines? Tae naman oh! Ayusin nyo muna mga fixer nyo sa LTO na nagbibigay ng lisensya kahit na walang alam ang tao. No wonder so many motorists are kamote! Good luck MMDA!

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