In an online press briefing today, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager, Jojo Garcia, said that since the new bus lane under the “new normal” will be on the left side of EDSA, the motorcycle lane (MC lane) will now be temporarily moved on the right-most lane.
“Sa ngayon, ineenganyo natin sila sa tabi ng bangketa,” said MMDA GM Jojo Garcia.
Earlier this month, MMDA spokesperson, Celine Pialago, shared that the agency was planning on relocating the bus lane from the right of EDSA to the left, just below the MRT line.
Since last week, the MMDA has been busy rehabilitating the left-most side of EDSA in preparation for the bus lane relocation.
“Yung mga bus po natin, ilalagay na sa left side. Lalagyan natin ng barrier ‘yan para at least mawala na sa bangketa ang tao at ‘yung ating loading and unloading lanes ay dedicated na talaga para hindi na sa kalsada nagsasakay at nagbababa (The buses will be on the left side. We’ll put a barrier. This is to clear up the sidewalk. There will be dedicated loading and unloading lanes so they don’t board on the street),” said MMDA General Manager, Jojo Garcia, in an interview with DZMM Teleradyo.
Will Motorcycle and Bike lane be the same?
On the issue of both the cyclist and motorcyclist's safety, the MMDA clarified, however, that bike lane and motorcycle lane will be two separate lanes, where the bike lane may utilize the sidewalk.
“Yung bike lane natin, itataas ng mga 6-inches siguro, kasama ng pedestrian [lane]. Sa tabi nun, will be the motorcycle lane,” added GM Garcia. He has also mentioned that the for now, the priority is to immediately move the bus lane to the left side of EDSA for the upcoming shift to the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) of Metro Manila.
“Ang priority natin ngayon, yung left lane ay mapunta sa [mga] bus.”