Press Release
August 11, 2016

Bam: Make EDSA walkable again through elevated walkways

Senator Bam Aquino called on the Department of Transportation to make EDSA walkable again by putting up elevated walkways for pedestrians.

"Sana po may programa rin tayo for allowing our pedestrians to walk and ply EDSA. Nakita rin natin na marami po sa mga sumasakay sa public vehicles, short distances lang ang biyahe nila while in other countries, puwede pong lakarin iyan," said Sen. Bam during the hearing of the Senate committee on public service on the proposal to grant President Duterte emergency powers to solve the traffic problem in Metro Manila.

"I believe that if we're able to create safe areas for people to walk, tatangkilikin iyan ng ating mga kababayan," added Sen. Bam.

Sen. Bam said the establishment of elevated walkways with "walkalators" will make it easier for pedestrians to reach their destination.

Transportation Secretary Art Tugade said he's "very open" to the idea, adding he's willing to talk to the proponents of the planned walkways to get the project running.

"Dalhin niyo sa akin, kakausapin ko sila," said Tugade.

Aside from walkways for pedestrians, Sen. Bam also calls on the agency to put up bicycle lanes along EDSA, providing the public with other transportation alternative.

"In other countries, bicycles are a large part of transportation ng mga tao pero dito, sa EDSA kung magbibisikleta ka, nakakakaba talaga," Sen. Bam said.

"Alongside those elevated walkways, may mga paths na rin tayo for bicycles," he added.

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