'Far from truth': Claims of MMDA official on bikers group's improvised lanes slammed as 'baseless'

“The members of the Bikers United Marshalls are responsible citizens...Not a single one of the plastic bottle markers are left on the road,' a bikers group said in response to MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago.

6/3/2020 5:34:00 AM

“The members of the Bikers United Marshalls are responsible citizens...Not a single one of the plastic bottle markers are left on the road,' a bikers group said in response to MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago.

A group of bikers on Tuesday denounced Metropolitan Manila Development Authority spokesperson Celine Pialago’s move to threaten to file charges against their members over their improvised “bike lane” in Quezon City. Bicycles are among the modes of transportation that the Department of Transportation allowed in areas placed under the general community quarantine, which started on June 1. Buses, trains, taxis …

 “These plastic markers are colored very visibly and are only used during the 6-8 am rush hour,” the post read.They also bared that it was not the MMDA personnel who removed the markers.“The members of the Bikers United Marshalls are responsible citizens and they pack up the equipment at 8:00AM after their marshalling duties are over.

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Not a single oneof the plastic bottle markers are left on the road,” the post said.“Also, the bottles we use are notone-literAsecPialago. We use a minimum of 6-liter bottles filled with water to ensure they do not get displaced and to ensure they do not pose a danger to both motorists and bikers,” the post added.

Moreover, the group also cited Quezon City ordinance SP-2636, s-2017, which they upheld:“Road design and setting of speed limits must take into consideration the need to protect vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, bicycle riders, and motorcycle riders.”

The group expressed disappointover MMDA’s failure to validate the information they receivedbeforelaunching accusations against them.“We believe we have done our bikers (mostly without protective gear) our humble service. If the MMDA sees otherwise, then we have to be ready for the consequences of the incompetence of our leaders,” they said.

Other Filipinos likewise denouncedPialagofor their decisions perceived to be unfair to the welfare of Filipino commuters.“There is no bike lane yet, and we cannot just put barricades there, especially one liter plastic containers. It is not safe for bikers because that is not enough to ensure their safety,” said MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago.

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