What we do to Our Multi-lanes Roads: Commonwealth Avenue

What we do to Our Multi-lanes Roads: Commonwealth Avenue -- I may sound repetitive but our innate mentality of living in the Metro with our roads for our daily travel requirements or maybe chores, is really like the photos I've captured a few weeks ago. I was at the place for some other reasons but my inner self just can't let the scenario pass. Hence, it was time again for Mr.Droid to take some snaps.

We tend to abuse things! I mean, look at Commonwealth Avenue now! Looking at the photos that I posted below, you will see the rampant abuse of our road infrastructures and worse, violation of laws. I remember this part of Commonwealth Avenue as very crowded on both sides due to the encroachment of market vendors. Then a road widening project took place, which eventually pushed the vendors way farther from the actual lanes used by the plying vehicles. Things could have been a delight from the viewpoint of the motorists and urban administrators but not until a new breed of roadside illegal acquisition emerged. Let us take a look at this photo:
Noticed the jeepneys and other vehicles parked on the sidewalk and a huge portion of the lanes as well? These are road side frictions and in the light of urban planning and transportation, these are active factors to affect vehicle flow or road traffic, which can be broken down into speed, road capacity and vehicle movements.
This photo took me by huge surprise; A heavily dilapidated vehicle is being serviced for major repairs and reconstruction on one of the road lanes. For sure, these roads are for public use but not in this manner. From the looks of it, the practice keeps on going because nobody reprimands or scolds them. It makes me ask myself too, if the residents in the area are even aware that this practice is against the law.
Not only the road sides are being used as personal parking area and garage but also as a construction site. What say you, proponents of pedestrianization, walkable cities and urban centers? It is a punch-in-the-face-reality that most of us got the nerve to complain on almost every government move pertaining to urban development, yet we cannot follow a very simple rule.
As the last piece of this sort of urban rantings, this "anti-jaywalking" visual aid caught me too. Mentally, I could grasp the intention behind it but if I look at the medium affixed to the wire fence, I would think that it is fine to cross this portion of the road. I can just go over the barrier and voila! I'm at the other side of the road without using a footbridge. That photo of a person passing over the fence is so big, while the text referring to jaywalking is so small that you can hardly read it while standing on the roadside.

And yes, this brings me to another observation:
  • Both sides of the road section is so crowded and a lot of commercial and domestic activities are going on, yet no single facility catering crossing pedestrians can be found.
It's an irony that we tend to constrain people from performing a certain action, yet we do not provide solution or maybe, alternative or option.

Do you have similar observations for Commonwealth Avenue? What's your encounter while traversing this main road in Quezon City?

Let's hope that MMDA will see this scene in Commonwealth Avenue and thereby ponder upon it according to their campaign - MMDA vs Jaywalkers, as well as side walk clearing mission in the metro.

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