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Road safety for cyclists | CMFR

Road safety for cyclists

CHEERS TO GMA-7’s 24 Oras and Balitanghali for going beyond the usual reporting on road accidents.

24 Oras (April 16) and Balitanghali (April 17) provided statistics that could help viewers know how dangerous Metro Manila roads are for bicycle riders.

The report cited data from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority- Metro Manila Accident Reporting and Analysis System (MMDA-MMARAS) which showed that from 2005 to 2013, there were 1,127 deaths related to bicycles.

According to the report, this is three times the number of accidents involving four-wheel vehicles in which there was a total for the same period of only 366 deaths. It went on to say that two people die in bike-related accidents every week.

It also listed the cities in Metro Manila that had the most number of bicycle-related accidents: Quezon City (393), Manila (132), Caloocan (80), Makati (69), and Paranaque (67).

The report also mentioned that since 2011, six bills on road safety have been filed—four in the Senate and two in the House of Representatives. These bills are still pending in both houses, the report said.

  • Dinna Dayao

    Thank you for commending GMA’s coverage, CMFR!

    May I point out, though, that road “crash” or “collision” are more constructive words than “accident”? A road crash results from “choices made and risks disregarded.” Someone – in this case, the person on a bicycle and/or the person driving a vehicle – made choices that compromised the safety of road users. Because these choices resulted in road crashes, calling them “accidents” is inappropriate.

    Please let’s all stop saying “accident.” The word belongs to the language of neglect and denial. Instead, let’s adopt “crash” or “collision” so we can look for solutions that will make our streets safer.