Back in 2019, a proposal to build an elevated bike lane and walkway on EDSA was put forward, it was even given the green light by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) in 2020.
Little has been heard about the proposal though, it seems it had become a casualty of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Well, according to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Romando Artes, the MMDA is still deliberating on the possibility of finally implementing the project. The agency views it as another way to help alleviate the traffic on EDSA.
Of course, the complexity and ambitiousness of the project were not lost on the MMDA Chairman, “At ang huli po, ito po ang aming proposal, medyo ambitious, dahil it will entail large expenditures on the part of the government,” said Chairman Artes.
“Ito po ay para ma-encourage ang mga tao na mag lakad or mag bisikleta na lamang papunta sa trabaho, dahil safe po at convenient ito pong walkway and bicycle lane. Sa aming palagay makakabawas ito ng magdadala ng sasakyan at instead mag lalakad na laming po or gagamit ng bisikleta,” Artes added.
The fact that this made its way to a presentation by Chairman Artes directly to President Rodrigo Duterte, means that it’s being considered for possible implementation in the near future.