(SPOT.ph) With its (very narrow) sidewalks and (ill-placed) bus stops, EDSA remains a relatively unsafe roadway for pedestrians and bikers. Some footbridges even appear to be unreliable just because of their design, their location away from bus or jeepney terminals, and questionable stability. It's no wonder a lot of people resort to jaywalking and, as a result, end up in accidents. But things might just be looking up for Metro Manila residents: Elevated "greenways" are set to rise along EDSA's busy intersections.
According to a report by the Inquirer, the proposed greenways project is yet to be approved by the National Economic Development Authority Board, but once the go signal is given, the Philippine government will enter a U.S. $100-million loan agreement with the Asian Development Bank. These pedestrian-friendly walkways will be built initially at the intersections of North EDSA, Ortigas, and Taft Avenues along EDSA.
With lanes for both pedestrians and bikers, the elevated pathways are looking to connect major structures in the Metro.
"If you're in Ortigas, it will allow you to [get] off the MRT-3 to go to Megamall without going on the ground. Everything is elevated so you'll just be walking to the MRT-3 stations onto the malls, to the offices," Cleo Kawawaki, deputy director general of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) - Southeast Asia, was quoted in the report.
Kawawaki also noted that the elevated paths will help in making sure roads are reserved for cars, keeping pedestrians safe from accidents, therefore decreasing chances of heavy traffic.