Motorcycle riders to brace for ‘outer lane only’ policy from Talisay to Mandaue

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MOTORCYCLISTS should prepare for the implementation of unified interconnected motorcycle lanes and traffic policies once these measures would be agreed by traffic czars of the cities of Cebu, Talisay and Mandaue.

The City of Talisay Traffic Operation Developement Authority (CT-Toda) head Jonathan Tumulak said these policies are designed to help ease traffic congestion in the three cities.

Tumulak met with Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team) director Edwin Jumao-as and Cebu City Traffic Operations and Management Board chairman Rico Rey “Francis” Holganza on July 14, 2022 to talk about the implementation of uniformed traffic policies and find solutions to vehicular accidents involving mostly motorcycles.

Tumulak said he was also planning to include the municipalities of Minglanilla, Cordova, Consolacion and Balamban and Lapu-Lapu City in the implementation of inter-connected motorcycle lanes as roads in these Metro Cebu localities, except for Balamban, are connected to each other.

"So manghinaut ko nga unta mapalapdan pa gyud ni, kining among pasiuna nga mga meeting, among i-involve na unya si Minglanilla, si Cordova, si Lapu-Lapu, si Consolacion ug si Balamban," Tumulak said.

(So I hope to widen the scope that in our initial meetings we will be able to include Minglanilla, Cordova, Lapu-Lapu, Consolacion and Balamban).

During their meeting, Tumulak also proposed the "outer lane only" policy for motorcycles traversing along the Natalio Bacalso Avenue from Talisay City to Mandaue City and those traveling through Cebu South Coastal Road starting from Starmall in Talisay all the way to Mandaue, as he noticed that most road accidents involving motorcycles occurred in the middle and inner lanes.

Once proven successful, they will then propose to extend the implementation of the policies to Minglanilla, Cordova, Lapu-Lapu, Consolacion and even as far as Balamban.

Both lanes of N. Bacalso Avenue from Barangay Bulacao to Tabunok, however, will be open to motorcycles as road in this area is always busy, while parking in the outer lane will be strictly prohibited.

"So mao na ang ato nalang paga buhaton karon ang pag implement lang gyud sa mga balaud nga no parking sa area kay mosamot man nga magkagamay tungod sa moparking," he said.

(So that's what we're planning to do now to implement the no-parking ordinance in the area to create more space for vehicles).

The outer lane is intended for slow moving vehicles like bicycle and motorcycle.

At present, the CT-Toda is conducting information dissemination on the policies before these would be implemented. (BBT, TPT)

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