Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Motorcycle Lane

     I've never learned how to ride a motorcyle. If my memory serves me right, I have only ridden a motorcycle four times and that was during my AdDlaw Summer Internship somewhere in Calinan, around twelve years ago. The only way we could get to our foster family's house is through habal-habal. It was an experience I will never forget. 

That's me at the back. (Farthest from the left.)
Photo taken by Atty. Mon Salas, the third passenger
of the motorcyle I am riding on.
         As I mentioned here, I am not particularly fond of motorcycles. Having been a driver on the road since I was 18 years old, I have long been irked by the way motorcycle drivers behave on the road. Iba talaga ! They have a crazy different set of "rules" - all of which boils down to going where they fit. MyGas !

       It was good to hear that in Metro Manila, the MMDA has designated motorcyle lanes along Commonwealth Avenue and Macapagal Highway beginning last October 19, 2011. It is set to designate motorcycle lanes along EDSA by next year. 

      Incidentally, I just came from a short vacation in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam where 1 million motorcycles ply the streets daily. Crossing the streets of Saigon (District 1) along the Ben Tanh Market rotunda, I was praying for my dear life like crazy. The motorcycles were everywhere and they don't stop on corners or before pedestrian lanes. Our tour guide later told us that the rule of thumb when crossing the street is to just move forward without stopping, the motorcyle drivers would just drive to avoid you. My Gulay!

You can see the helmets all the way to the back. Ang dami.
(Picture from

Wala silang takot sa ulan. 
Dire-diretso lang sila sa corners.
         I hope the Davao City Council would replicate MMDA's efforts and designate motorcycle lanes in the thoroughfares of this City. It would be beneficial to the motorcycle drivers, four-wheel vehicle drivers and pedestrians. Wish ko lang! 


  1. Motorcycle lane in EDSA? Eh halos 2 lanes na lang ang private vehicles kasi occupied na ng bus! Sorry, but I'm not too happy about it. Unless bawasan nila yung bus lanes at palitan ng motorcycle lane.

    2 million vehicles ply EDSA. Half of that are cars. Ergo, there should be more private car lanes...

  2. I've seen that horrifying domination of motorcycles in Saigon..!No country can beat