Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Pit stop in a Bypass Road?

Lead car overtakes the car in front of it and follow car came close behind. Lead car returns to the right lane because there was oncoming traffic, and then suddenly it signals left.  We waited until traffic was clear before we turned left to park at the Bangihan ni Kuya.

I don’t know how far the third car was way back but thankfully he was cool and alert and didn’t slam right into our backs. I was riding shotgun in the follow car and the only thing we know of the lead’s intentions was that food was in the offing.

You can call it a case of bad driving. The right way would have been to wait for the car ahead of us two to run its course and then we could have turned left to eat. It’s like the lead car was surprised that Bangihan was even there and decided to make the stop as an afterthought.

I was thinking more I shouldn't even be stopping here. A bypass road should be clear all the way is it not?

Hierarchy of roads (local term is Road Classification, I think) and land use regulations for areas surrounding this roads would make for an interesting read. Incidentally I was able to to find this short definition from the Philippine Statistics Authority.

8. Bypasses are roads or highways that avoid a built-up area, town or city proper to let through traffic flow without interference from local traffic reduce congestion and improve road safety where a toll for passage is levied in an open or closed system.

The business owner may have always owned the land and took the opportunity to make a restaurant when a road just sprung up a few meters away from his back yard. Or he could have bought it, which then opens up the question of rules and laws governing the use of surrounding land. 

You get to appreciate the road more when not on a bus. Roads are light when you are out of a local town or city, and gets tighter when you are in that town or city. A bypass road is literally like a breath of fresh air that lets you skip the heart of town if not the entire town.

When you use it the road just looks like it rammed through kilometers of farmland, there are no structures on either side – which is kind of the point.

So there I was wondering while eating my free meal courtesy of the generous soul in the lead car. Is Bangihan ni Kuya striking it rich because it stands alone in a long stretch of road? The place is getting good reviews online although I won't recommend the pancit I had. It was salty.

Pitstops are not unheard after all. NLEX and SLEX have are gas stations with food. 

Or is it the beginning of a problem - "Bypasses are roads or highways that avoid a built-up area."

Did I mention I almost had an accident?