Baguio to close Lower Session pedestrian lane

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Thursday, February 13, 2014


THE Baguio City government will hasten the completion of a new pedestrian crossing at Lower Session Road to please both motorists and pedestrians.

This as the City Government mulls to close anew the pedestrian crossing in front of Pines Arcade and Mercury Drug for a smooth flow of traffic on the city’s main road.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan told reporters Wednesday the city’s Traffic and Transport Management Committee has earlier recommended the construction of another pedestrian lane along Lower Session Road in front of Star Café.

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The mayor said the lack of traffic lights at the current pedestrian lane both poses risks on motorists inconvenienced by delays when traffic lights are not synchronized with the flow of pedestrian traffic.

The mayor said they will hasten the bidding process for the construction of the pedestrian crossing to address traffic congestion in Magsaysay Avenue and Session Road.

Meantime, the implementation of Ordinance No. 07 Series of 2010 or the King of the Road Ordinance was highlighted during Monday’s executive-legislative meeting by its author Councilor Fred Bagbagen.

Bagbagen noticed numerous motorists violating and even neglecting the ordinance stressing motorists must fully stop and yield for five seconds in pedestrian lanes.

He said penalties must be meted against violators ranging from a fine of P1,000; P2,000for second offense and P3, 000 for third offense.
The ordinance also pushes for the confiscation of the driver’s licenses of violators. Upon the second violation of the ordinance, the violators are required to attend seminars and training before the release of the license.

The ordinance states motorists must come into a full stop before pedestrian lanes and slow down upon seeing people about to cross. It is also stated in the ordinance that traffic signs will be installed at the sides of the pedestrian lanes of Baguio City.

Bagbagen underlined the ordinance was created to ‘protect pedestrians from loss of life and limb’ after noting reckless motorists neglecting the citizens crossing the streets. Exceptions to this ordinance are emergency cases and when pedestrian lanes are guarded by police officers. (with Julia Manuel, UPB Intern)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 14, 2014.

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