With the rainy season fast approaching, riders taking shelter underneath bridges and overpasses will once again become a common sight. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic chief Bong Nebrija heavily advises against this practice, though, saying in a recent post:
“Sa mga riders who are doing this please be responsible and do not obstruct the road for your own convenience. Take secondary roads or gasoline stations to put on your raincoats or if you really wanna weather it out please do not do it sa Edsa mismo, nakakahiya naman po sa ibang road users na maabala.”
This phenomenon of riders taking shelter from the rain is nothing new, but is still dangerous nonetheless. Obstructing the road just to put on protective gear or to wait out the rain poses a significant risk to other drivers and the riders themselves. As Nebrija said, it would be much better to pull over on a secondary road or a gas station so as not to inconvenience other road users.
If you’ve ever found yourself doing this, maybe now’s the time to change your ways and be more considerate.