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MMDA sets up bike lane on EDSA for dry run in preparation for ‘new normal’


The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Sunday set up a bike lane on EDSA for the dry run of the new scheme in light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) threat.

According to a report of Carlo Mateo on Dobol B sa News TV, MMDA set up traffic cones on EDSA from the corner of Whiteplains Avenue to the corner of Col. Bonny Serrano Avenue to mark off the bike lane.

The outer lane will be used as bike lane for the dry run of the traffic scheme.

To avoid the spread of COVID-19, the government prohibited mass public transportation since March as part of quarantine measures.

Interviewed on Dobol B Sa News TV, MMDA traffic chief Bong Nebrija said they will establish the bike lanes segment by segment.

He thanked EDSA Evolution, a group that advocates for active mobility and pushes for the immediate and permanent placement of protected bike lanes along Metro Manila roads, for this initiative.

“For now, we would to appreciate the people behind the EDSA Evolution for coming up with this one. Marami na tayong kababayan, nagba-bike from home going to this part of EDSA,” he said.

Nebrija encouraged bikers to wear the necessary protective gear when using the bike lanes for their safety.

Earlier this month, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said two-wheel vehicles will have an important role for Filipino commuters once the community quarantines have been lifted and the country transitions into the "new normal."

The DOTr said it will push for the use of motorcycles and bicycles as modes of transportation after the lockdowns currently in place to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. —Joviland Rita/KG, GMA News