Bikers, motorcyclists oppose lane-sharing in EDSA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 29) — Several groups of bikers and motorcyclists rejected the proposed motorcycle-bicycle lane-sharing along EDSA, citing safety concerns.

“We cannot put out yung aming right because of volume, sa dami ng motorsiklo sa bansa [with the amount of motorcycles in the country]… May halaga din ang buhay nila,” Jobert Bolanos, chairman of Motorcycle Rights Organization, said during a consultation with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday.

“Meron bang magkasama motorcycle lane at bicycle lane sa buong mundo? Wala hindi ba? said Atoy Sta. Cruz, director of Motorcycle Philippines Federation . "Talagang exclusive for bicycle lang, hindi pwedeng pagsamahin. Bakit ho? Because of safety."

[Translation: Is there a motorcycle lane and a bicycle lane together in the world? None, isn't it? Really exclusive to bicycles only, and cannot be combined. Why? Because of safety.]

According to MMDA acting chairman Don Artes, the bike lanes are only for bicycle use and not for any other kind of vehicle.

Artes, however, admitted that the MMDA’s limited personnel makes enforcing the rule challenging on the ground.

Some groups even proposed installing barriers along bike lanes to prevent other vehicles from using them.

For Artes, the only solution is the non-contact apprehension policy, but its constitutionality is still being questioned before the Supreme Court.

“Sa ngayon, taboy-taboy muna siguro," Artes said. "Wala pa kaming definitive na date kung kailan kami maniniket. Yun din kasi ang problem. Kung di kami kasi maniket, baka walang sumunod eh."

[Translation: For now, it's probably verbal warning. We still don't have a definitive date when we will be apprehending. That is also the problem. If we do not apprehend, maybe no one will obey.]