Warning: Partly a rant.
This is a gem:
The MMDA will be painting pink lines on EDSA to keep cars from parking on the sidewalks. ("There are sidewalks on EDSA??? Where????")
"Under the scheme, three-inch wide pink lines shall separate the sidewalks from the roadways in an attempt to strictly enforce illegal parking laws."
Er, we need the pink lines to enforce parking laws? Don't we need enforcement to enforce parking laws?
Did they use pavlovian methods to train the MMDA traffic boys so they now only respond to pink?
And you've got to admire the MMDA's keen powers of observation:
"The project was conceived after MMDA officials observed that car owners who do not have their own garage often park their vehicles on sidewalks, blocking the way of pedestrians."
Wow. I had no idea.
< / sarcasm >
- One, widen the sidewalks. It should be at least 12 feet wide through the whole stretch of EDSA.
- Two, limit the curb cuts - e.g., driveways and breaks in the curb, to no more than one every 200 feet. And driveways should be no wider than 10 to 12 feet. (Secondary roads should feature curb extensions and other traffic calming measures.)
- Three, allow parallel parking on segments of EDSA and other major boulevards during off hours (say from 9pm to 6am). This gives vehicle owners a place to park at night -and if you used parking meters (or parking attendants), could be a good revenue source for local governments.
Of course these three suggestions are predicated on a commitment to make a city that is livable and pedestrian friendly.
And if we're going that way, why not redesign the streets completely? You can paint the tree grates pink if you really must have your signature color.