For many years now, everyday motorcycle riders cherish the idea that someday an exclusive Motorcycle Lane (MC Lane) will be provided by the government to make their travels along the major thoroughfares of Metro Manila safer. This will also ensure that vehicles crossing it will penalized. By next year, that idea might come into fruition courtesy of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). However, there's a catch: they will be fenced off. It won't be completely fenced off from one end to another. There will be set entry and exit points for riders to go in and out of the MC lane.
EDSA Boss, Edison “Bong” Nebrija told reporters last week that the agency is pushing through with its plan of making an exclusive MC Lane along EDSA, and they might also add fences to make sure motorcycle riders stay on their lane and avoid weaving through traffic. “The MC Lane is quite difficult to implement,” Nebrija told reporters in Filipino. He also added that it is also challenging for the agency to police motorcycle riders all day because they only have limited manpower. At the same time, the No-Contact Apprehension can't catch motorcycle riders who have no license plates or registration.
“We're currently in discussion with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) about the dedicated [MC] lane. If this pushes through, it will be barricaded so that they [motorcycle riders] cannot weave in and out,” added Nebrija in Filipino.
The EDSA Boss further added that he already saw the plans and is just waiting for the funds to buy the necessary materials to implement it, including equipment to segregate private vehicles and busses.
Would putting up fences or barricades on an exclusive MC Lane make it safer or more dangerous for us motorcycle riders?