MANILA - It will take a community to fix Metro Manila's infamous traffic mess.
This was the overarching message of the organizers of the Bayanihan sa Daan Movement, which is set to launch several activities to help ease traffic in the metropolis.
The group, composed of private individuals, believes that "roads are meant to move people, not motor vehicles."
In line with this, they aim to help properly organize buses, private vehicles, protect bicycle lanes, and push for wider, walkable pedestrian lanes.
With the support of several government agencies and units, the group plans to hold Kalye Share on Sunday, February 7, wherein participants and representatives of Metro Manila cities will simultaneously conduct a road-sharing exercise.
The main event will be held along Roxas Boulevard where the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will showcase the Hybrid Electric Road train.
Lane allocations for Roxas Boulevard on Sunday are:
- 1st lane: lane closest to center island will be for the DOST train
- 2nd lane: bicycle lane going north
- 3rd lane: bicycle lane going south
- 4th lane: lane beside the baywalk will be a pedestrian lane
The southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard will be closed to motor vehicles during the event. The event is free for those who want to attend.
The group will also conduct sidewalk clearing operations along Roxas Boulevard, with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and local government units (LGUs).
The MMDA, meanwhile, will have its ferry system operational on Sunday so interested parties can avail of trips to Pasig.
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