Riding a big bike opens doors to a major advantage which riders of small-displacement motorcycles miss out on: expressway access. Now, while riding on the expressway can indeed save us a lot of time while being loads of fun at the same time, it’s all too easy for big bike riders to get carried away and forget that there are actually rules and regulations when it comes to riding on the highway.
If you commute on a big bike and frequent the Cavitex-C5 link flyover, then you’ve probably noticed that the traffic enforcers in that stretch of road now have a new tool in their arsenal: speed guns. While signs stating a 60kph speed limit have been present for sometime now, it would appear that officials of the Cavitex-C5 link are only now becoming stricter when it comes to the enforcement of the speed limit. Given the fact that the Cavitex-C5 link is indeed one of the shortest toll-roads in the country, it can be all too easy to forget the 60kph speed limit. Plus, the road’s smooth asphalt and spacious width make it tempting to push your bike just a little bit. That said, be sure to be mindful when riding through this road.
It’s also important to note that other toll-roads in the metro have recently bolstered their anti-speeding operations. For instance, the NAIA Expressway (NAIAX) has built-in speed radar guns near the toll-booths, and anyone going in excess of the 60kph speed limit will be flagged down and ticketed. Additionally, speed cameras have also been installed on the Skyway, in between Bicutan and Sucat exits southbound.
While it may be disappointing that our days of mindlessly speeding on the highways are coming to an end, it’s also important to note that expressway was never synonymous with racetrack, and that safety always was and always will be the top priority when it comes to the management of public roads.