The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to launch its Motorcycle Riding Academy on September 27, 2023, a project that aims to provide free training to riders about proper and safe motorcycling.
The academy, which will be located on Meralco Avenue in Pasig City, in a vacant lot owned by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), will cater to all experience levels, from novices to pros. The two-day training course will cover essential skills such as defensive riding techniques, proper handling of motorcycles, road etiquette, and basic emergency response training.
The instructors are seasoned riders themselves, who will provide practical and hands-on learning experiences to the participants. The MMDA will also provide gasoline for the training, so the participants only need to bring their own helmets and personal protective gear.
Each training batch will have 100 participants, and the academy will be open for enrollment starting September 27. Those who are interested can register online through the MMDA website or visit the MMDA office in Makati City.
The Motorcycle Riding Academy is part of the MMDA’s efforts to promote road safety and discipline among motorcycle riders, who are often involved in road crashes and incidents of road rage. According to the Metro Manila Accident Reporting and Analysis System, there were 26,599 motorcycle-related road crashes in 2022, of which 278 were fatal.
The MMDA has received support from various partners for the academy, such as Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, who donated 10 motorcycle units for the use of the participants, and Honda Philippines, who delivered 21 of the donated 50 motorcycle units.
The Motorcycle Riding Academy is expected to benefit not only the motorcycle riders, but also the general public, as it will help reduce traffic congestion, pollution, and accidents in Metro Manila.