In a bid to ease traffic congestion, the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) may soon allow motorcycles to utilize the city’s exclusive bicycle lanes.
This is after the CCTO observed that some of the city’s exclusive bike lanes are not being utilized and have merely become empty spaces on the road. Paul Gotiong, the executive director of CCTO, has explained that utilizing these bike lanes as shared lanes for both bicycles and motorcycles will surely help ease the traffic situation in the city.
Photo by Cebu City Transportation Office
As for the pilot testing phase, CCTO is eying the bike lanes in Cebu South Coastal Road and Natalio Bacalso Ave. going to Imus Road to become the first shared bike lanes with motorcycles.
Bike groups NOT happy
While this development may be welcomed by a lot of motorcycle riders, cyclists, as well as riders of Personal Mobility Devices (PMDs) do not welcome this development and have gone to social media to vent their grievances.
“People don’t use your bike lanes because they are NOT safe,” says the group Traffic Solutions PH, which is a group advocating improved and safe mobility for Filipinos.
“Putting both motorcycles and bikes into one lane will only worsen the condition unless you force all motorcycles to only travel at 20 km/h max,” the group added.