Tu­mu­lak wants more study on pedes­tri­an­iza­tion move

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Ros­alie O. Abatayo COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Pedes­tri­an­iza­tion may be good for some ar­eas but def­i­nitely not for all.

Provin­cial Traf­fic Man­age­ment Fo­cal Per­son Jonathan Tu­mu­lak said the pro­posed pedes­tri­an­iza­tion of Cebu City’s down­town area may be ex­panded in other ar­eas in the prov­ince but im­ple­men­tors should fac­tor in con­tin­gency plans for ve­hi­cles that will be af­fected by pos­si­ble road clo­sures.

“Mamahimo na nga iap­ply kung­dunaymga al­ter­na­tive nga dalan nga lag­pad nga pwede kabu­tan­gan sa mga sakyanan nga matang­tang sa mga karsada nga masir­ado­han,” Tu­mu­lak said.

Big­ger prob­lems

The ab­sence of an al­ter­na­tive route for pri­vate and pub­lic ve­hi­cles that reg­u­larly tra­verse the “to-be pedes­tri­an­ized ar­eas,” Tu­mu­lak said, would only cre­ate big­ger prob­lems. “Nin­dot ni siya ng idea kay mag- pro­mote og less pol­lu­tion pero an­gayan tin­gali nga tim­bang-tim­ban­gon kung ma- ap­ply pa ba ni sa cer­tain ar­eas labi na tong dako ang vol­ume sa traf­fic,” Tu­mu­lak said. “Kung walay al­ter­na­tive nga dalan nga kabu­tan­gan ani nga mga sakyanan, maka- cre­ate ni siya og more traf­fic vol­ume sa kasik­bit nga mga karsada. Mura ra ni­mog gi-bal­hin ang prob­lema,” said Tu­mu­lak.

Tu­mu­lak also urged lo­cal govern­ment units (LGUs) to re­view and eval­u­ate the use of some of their roads.

Tu­mu­lak said the LGUS can de­velop i nte­rior roads as al­ter­na­tive pas­sages if cer­tain roads will be closed for pedes­tri­an­iza­tion.

Health ben­e­fits

On Tues­day, Na­tional Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment

Author­ity i n Cen­tral Visayas (NEDA-7) Re­gional Di­rec­tor Efren Carreon re­vealed that the agency is com­mis­sion­ing a study that will de­ter­mine the eco­momic i mpact of pedes­tri­an­iz­ing the his­tor­i­cal busi­ness hub of the down­town area in Cebu City.

Carreon said pro­mot­ing walk­ing as a mode of mo­bil­ity, es­pe­cially in busi­ness cen­ters such as the ur­ban area would be a “phys­i­cally healthy, eco­nom­i­cally ben­e­fi­cial and en­vi­ron­ment friendly” way to ad­dress traf­fic con­ges­tion.

If the study worth P3.5 mil­lion will gen­er­ate fa­vor­able re­sults, Carreon said it will be used as an ad­vo­cacy ma­te­rial to urge LGUs to pedes­tri­an­ize cer­tain por­tions of their lo­cal­i­ties and solve traf­fic.

“We are com­mis­sion­ing a study but that will only be lim­ited in [Cebu City] area but we will see the re­sults of that study if it will be very nice and it will be suitable to repli­cate then by all means we are go­ing to make it an ad­vo­cacy ma­te­rial not only for Metro Cebu but in other LGUs, not only in Cebu but also [in the other prov­inces] within Re­gion 7,” Carreon said.

CDN FILE PHOTO

No more ve­hi­cles will be seen in Cebu City’s down­town area if the pro­posal to pedes­tri­an­ize the area will push through..

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