Due to public clamor, the Makati Central Estate Association (MACEA), in cooperation with the Makati Parking Authority (MAPA), has announced that riders of Personal Mobility Devices (PMDs) may now use Makati Central Business District’s designated bicycle lanes, without worrying about being flagged down by MAPA enforcers.
Last week, riders of PMDs, particularly those who ride electric kick scooters, turned to social media to express their frustration over Makati Parking Authority’s (MAPA) policy of not allowing the use of designated bicycle lanes on major roads to PMD riders.
MAPA says that a recent LTO administrative order requires riders of PMDs to use only the bicycle lanes on the inner roads.
“Recognizing the need for alternative modes of transportation during the pandemic and ensuring the safety of road users, the Makati Central Estate Association (MACEA) in coordination with Makati Parking Authority (MAPA) would like to inform users of personal mobility scooters, electric kick scooters, and electric mopeds that they may now operate these within the designated bike lanes in the Makati Central Business District,” said MACEA, through Make it Makati’s social media page.
They have also reminded riders of PMDs to stay within these designated lanes for their safety, as well as for the safety of other road users.
Earlier, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) reported that the government invested a total of PhP 1.09-billion to build the 497-kilometer bicycle lane network across Metro Manila, Metro Cebu and Metro Davao.