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MMDA set to establish motorcycle riding academy

QUEZON CITY, (PIA) --The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to establish a center of education that will provide motorcycle riders necessary riding and basic emergency response skills.

Called Motorcycle Riding Academy, it will also provide riders with formal training on both theoretical and practical aspects of motorcycle riding,

According to the MMDA, they will also create a technical working group (TWG) to formulation of a Motorcycle Safety Training Course module that would give both beginners and experienced riders proper training and basic knowledge such as  different types, characteristics, basic parts, basic control and operation of motorcycles; various road safety laws, rules and regulations pertaining to the operation of motorcycles; necessary driving skills on how to avoid hazardous situations, and; understanding risk awareness and risk taking.

 “Through this Motorcycle Riding Academy, we aim to further promote road safety, particularly to our motorcyclists who are very much at risk to road mishaps.  It's a good opportunity for them to refresh and hone their riding skills and to provide first aid to people who will encounter unexpected road accidents,” he added.

Last 2018, the MMDA Metro Manila Accident Reporting and Analysis System (MMARAS) recorded motorcycle riders as amongst the highest road crash fatalities at around 38% or 224 fatalities from a total 590. Fatalities increased from 2020 and 2021 recorded at 253 and 295, respectively.

According to the 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Philippines ranked 11th out of 175th countries with the reported number of road traffic deaths at 10,012 of which 4.7% are drivers/passengers of 2- or 3- wheelers.

The training will be open to all interested participants for free and they will be given certificates upon completion of lectures, practical application, and Basic Emergency Response Course.

Lectures include Motorcycle Riding Courtesy, Motorcycle Orientation, Road Traffic Rules and Regulations, and Motorcycle Safety Laws; while simulation exercises include Preparing to Ride, Common Riding Situations, MC Safety Driving Demonstration, and Motorcycle Basic Riding Course.

The proposed location is at the vacant property of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) along Julia Vargas Avenue corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. The MMDA and GSIS will enter into a Memorandum of Agreement for the utilization of the property.

The MMDA will also collaborate with concerned Metro Manila local government units and other stakeholders in the promotion of the Motorcycle Riding Academy which is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2023.

The agency is also in talks with motorcycle ride-hailing groups such as Grab that riders who completed the course in the Academy will be given priority in their employment.

The Motorcycle Riding Academy is the result of the agency’s Traffic Summit last year where, during the multi-stakeholder consultations, the need for capacity building for motorcycle road users to conduct road safety and traffic related policies and basic life support training were highlighted.

Last October 2022, the MMDA conducted Basic Emergency Response Course (BERC) for motorcycle-hailing groups JoyRide PH and Angkas Transport Company for them to serve as emergency responders to assist the agency in responding to accidents as force multipliers. (mmda/pia-ncr)

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