(SPOT.ph) The "Killer Highway" might just be safer soon enough. From March 9 to 19, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority will be holding a dry run for an exclusive motorcycle lane along Commonwealth Avenue, located at the third lane from the sidewalk from Elliptical Road to Doña Carmen and vice versa.
Motorists will not be apprehended in the 11-day duration of the dry run, but a stricter implementation will follow from March 20 onwards; violators will be fined P500 starting then, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
"The dry run is meant to familiarize motorcycle riders traversing Commonwealth Avenue on the said policy,” MMDA Acting Chairman Atty. Don Artes said in a statement. “We will have a full deployment of MMDA traffic enforcers and we will be assisted by the local government of Quezon City.”
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What’s the point of a motorcycle lane on Commonwealth Avenue?
The country’s widest road has been dubbed the “Killer Highway” for the many road accidents that plague its six to 18 lanes. It is used by 154,639 motorists every day.
With the implementation of an exclusive motorcycle lane, MMDA’s hopes to improve traffic flow and lower the number of road crashes.
There are as much as five daily cases of motorcycle-related crash incidents recorded on Commonwealth Avenue in 2022, according to the MMDA. Of the 1,686 total cases, 13 resulted in fatal injuries, 930 in non-fatal injuries, and 743 in damaged properties.
Lane designations on Commonwealth Avenue
Here’s a quick recap of the lane designations on Commonwealth Avenue as per MMDA Resolution No. 22-15:
- Second lane – jeepneys, UV express, and buses
- Third lane – motorcycles
- Rightmost lane - bicycles
- Remaining lanes – all other motor vehicles
However, the implementation of these is still subject to actual road conditions, availability of lanes, and other relevant factors. You can follow the MMDA Facebook page for the latest road updates.
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