(Metro News) MMDA motorcycle lanes now called

October 19, 2011 10:03 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 19 — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino announced on Wednesday that the motorcycle lanes established by the agency along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City and Macapagal Avenue in Pasay City are now called “Blue Lanes.”

“Our men worked feverishly, round the clock to paint the lanes blue so that they could be easily identified,” the MMDA Chief explained.

Effective on Monday, non-exclusive motorcycle lanes were designated on the two major thoroughfares; for Commonwealth, the fourth (4th) lane from the curb, and for Macapagal, the first (1st) Motorcycle riders are also required to observe a 60-kph speed limit.

For this week, violators will not be issued traffic tickets but are required to undergo a 15-minute seminar at designated spots along the thoroughfares. A special sticker is given to a rider who completes the seminar, that could be attached to his motorcycle.

Beginning on October 24, traffic tickets will be issued to violators and a P500 fine will be meted to those who breach the designated lane, except when making turns or U-turns, in which case motorcycle riders are to gradually shift lanes 100 meters away from the turning point.

Recently, the MMDA said it is eyeing the implementation of motorcycle lane at the 24-kilometer long Epifanio De Los Santos Avenue (EDSA), the metropolis’ prime thoroughfare.

But Tolentino said any such plan would have to wait after the Holiday season due to the expected traffic problem with thousands of shoppers and visitors trooping to the metropolis’ shopping malls and other business establishments.

Tolentino likewise said EDSA will adopt the said scheme if the project on Commonwealth and Macapagal Boulevard will be able to successfully reduce the number of motorcycle accidents and decongest traffic. (PNA)

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