With more Filipinos living in Metro Manila shifting to bikes as their preferred mode of transportation and with more pedestrians now in Pasig City, Ortigas Land has teamed up with the local government of Pasig City to introduce a pedestrian-friendly intersection located along Shaw Boulevard between Capitol Commons and Barangay Kapitolyo.
As the location of the intersection is surrounded by residential communities, the new infrastructure introduces features that promote a safe environment for pedestrians and cyclists including improved walkways, a pedestrian safety island, and improved bike features.
Premier property developer, Ortigas Land, has ensured walkways that connect Unimart Capitol Commons, Gastro at Capitol Commons, and Brgy. Kapitolyo to be more spacious and more PWD-friendly. With pedestrian signages and lights installed to guide pedestrians as they cross the street, they are assured of their safety as motorists will have visual cues.
Another feature that assures the safety of pedestrians are safety islands which serve as a secure area for pedestrians while they wait for the green signal for them to cross. Cyclists are also able to benefit from the upgraded intersection with different bike features which will make their ride secure and safe.
Going beyond bike lanes, the Pasig City Government and Ortigas Land introduce bike boxes as a salient feature for the benefit of cyclists. Bike boxes are extensions of bike lanes that are designated priority areas for cyclists at intersections. These will allow them to get ahead of traffic and provide a safe way to make their left turns. The completion of all upgrades will make this intersection the country’s first LGU-led protected bike lane.
The upgrades done for the intersection are not just beneficial to pedestrians and cyclists but also benefit motorists through a new traffic signalization system, and convenient access to other roads.
The new traffic signalization system introduced ensures smooth traffic flow from the Camino Verde Road of Capitol Commons, Shaw Boulevard, and West Capitol Drive. This will allow proper phasing of the crossing of pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists which would reduce traffic congestion while also ensuring everyone’s safety.
With the improved intersection, motorists will gain quicker access to Kalayaan Bridge which will cut travel time from Ortigas Center and Capitol Commons to Bonifacio Global City (BGC) and Makati City.
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