The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Metro Manila Council (MMC) have agreed in principle to establish exclusive lanes for motorcycles and public utility vehicles (PUVs) along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.
The MMC – composed of the 17 Metro Manila mayors - ok'd the establishment of exclusive lanes for such riders and motorists to avert road accidents. The road crash statistics from the MMDA Traffic Engineering Center says that there were a total of 1,010 fatal, non-fatal, and damage to property accidents involving motorcycles along Commonwealth Avenue (year of this data was not revealed by the MMDA).
The exclusive motorcycle lane along Commonwealth Avenue will be implemented pending the adjustments which will be recommended by the Quezon City LGU.
“The exclusive motorcycle lanes located at the third lane from the right along Commonwealth will depend upon the road conditions as the road has some inconsistencies in terms of lane width due to different construction projects,” Dimayuga said.
Under the MMDA Resolution No. 22-15, the right outermost lane of Commonwealth Avenue shall be designated as an exclusive bicycle lane. The second lane and third lane of the same avenue will be designated as exclusive Public Utility Vehicle (for jeeps, UV Express, buses) and motorcycle lanes, respectively. The remaining lanes of Commonwealth Avenue shall be utilized by all other motor vehicles.
The agency, in coordination and cooperation with the Department of Public Works (DPWH) and Highways, as well as the Quezon City LGU shall install appropriate traffic signs and apply the proper lane markings along Commonwealth Avenue from Elliptical Road to Doña Carmen Subdivision and vice versa as a guide to motorists and to delineate the exclusive lanes from one another.