If you frequent Commonwealth Avenue, you’ll see that the demarkations of the motorcycle lane have already been repainted. And that’s probably with good reason. After last year’s approval for the said exclusive lane, it looks like its implementation and enforcement are set to begin sooner rather than later.
MMDA to enforce the use of exclusive motorcycle lanes along Commonwealth
A meeting was held last week between 1-Rider party-list Reps. Bonifacio Bosita and Rodge Gutierrez and MMDA acting chairman Romando Artes. The said meeting was to discuss details such as road markings, signage, and if the proper distance or “width” of the MC lane has been properly put in place ahead of its implementation.
The 3rd outermost lane has been designated as the exclusive motorcycle lane along the main thoroughfare, with the 2 others reserved for bicycles (outermost lane) and PUVs (2nd lane). The lanes will span the distance from Elliptical Road all the way to Dona Carmen; that’s effectively the entire length of Commonwealth.
2021 saw the most number of motorcycle crashes in Quezon City, and Commonwealth comes in 2nd with the most incidences of motorcycle-related accidents. As of this publishing, we hope that number was reduced in the past year, but numbers don’t lie, and this data is very important. The exclusive motorcycle lane was conceived with the belief that it will curb these potentially fatal crashes along the last of the country’s wide highways.
Do you think it will work, though?