Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Autoindustriya.com, Roadsharing.net | posted February 05, 2016 23:00
Southbound lane of Roxas Blvd closed on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 12 nn
Roxas Boulevard will have a whole new look on Sunday, February 7, as a long stretch of the southbound lane will be temporarily shut down for the EDSA Evolution – an experimental road-sharing exercise spearheaded by the Share the Road Movement.
Supported by the government, this road closure seeks to demonstrate the possibility of mobility using safe and environmentally friendly means of transportation.
The southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard from the Manila Hotel to the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City will be closed to all motorized vehicles starting at 7 a.m. until 12 nn but, it will be open to pedestrians and cyclists.
Pedestrians get the lane nearest to the Baywalk, the two middle lanes will be for cyclists and the lane nearest to the center island will carry the ‘road train’ of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) that will be offering rides for free.
Motorists intending to use the southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard will be given alternative routes while the northbound lane will remain open to vehicular traffic.
The entire event is open to the public. Attendees are advised to assemble between 5 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. at the staging area in MOA.
"It's an idea whose time has come as people are already fed up with traffic and their inability to conveniently move around Metro Manila," said environment advocate and lawyer Tony Oposa Jr.
The group hopes to inspire Filipinos to walk and bike to their destination in order to lessen the amount of vehicular traffic.
This exercise also seeks to get the various government agencies and local government units to clear the sideways and designate proper lanes for pedestrians and cyclists.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be assigning marshals to guide attendees to the proper lanes for walking, biking and riding the ‘road train.’
Back in June 2015, the non-profit orgranization 'Share The Road Movement', proposed to hold a road sharing exercise along EDSA. The MMDA however postponed it days after, citing that several mall sales, ongoing roadworks and another fun run was already scheduled ahead of the proposal.