The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has introduced its first motorcycle emergency lay-by, where riders can now safely seek refuge during inclement weather.
The move came shortly after MMDA traffic chief Bong Nebrija warned riders against taking shelter under overpasses, flyovers, or structures of elevated trains, which not only triggers heavy traffic but also poses serious danger to motorists.
To solve this issue, MMDA chairman Benhur Abalos formally opened the first motorcycle emergency lay-by at the EDSA-Quezon Avenue flyover, in time for the rainy season.
“We understand the plight of motorcycle riders when they have to stop in the middle of the road while waiting for the rain to stop, it’s very risky for them because they might get into a road accident,” says Abalos. “At least with the emergency lay-by, they can take cover during the heavy rains,” the MMDA chief added.
To allow safe access for the riders especially when they start packing, the motorcycle lay-by areas will have entrance and exit signs. Abalos also reminded riders that the emergency area is only intended as a rain shelter. Those who will turn it into a motorcycle parking space will be issued a traffic violation ticket, he warned.
Similar motorcycle emergency bays will be established in the following areas:
- Under flyovers along EDSA: GMA Kamuning area, Kamias, Santolan/Crame, Ortigas Avenue, Buendia Avenue, Tramo, Roxas Blvd.
- Along C5 Road: Tandang Sora, Aurora Boulevard, C5-Libis, Pasig Boulevard, C5 Kalayaan elevated U-turn.
- Along Roxas Boulevard: Roxas Jr. flyover, Buendia flyover, Roxas Boulevard-EDSA flyover Seaside Drive.
- Alabang Road: Metro Manila Skyway (toll road) near SLEX South Station toll gate, South Luzon Expressway (toll road) near Alabang Purple Hill.
- Paranaque-Sucat Road and Chapel Road (after being cleared of traffic obstructions).
Plant boxes will be placed in these emergency bays to form pocket gardens as part of the agency’s beautification and environment-restoration programs.
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