A friend and I were just exchanging pleasantries in YM and he was asking about what’s happening in the Philippines. The first thing that came into my mind was the ever increasing fuel prices….and it’s at the P53 level already.
So I thought that the Marikina City program of providing bicycle lanes for its constituents is a noble idea: it’s a good and healthy alternative to riding in 4-wheeled cars or jeepneys or all motored vehicles for that matter (just like in the picture). Marikina has 50 kilometers of bike paths that go along its major thoroughfares, even going in and around subdivisions. And the program is well complemented with good and well-enforced policies.
And again I thought…why not promote bicycle as an alternative means of transportation in Metro Manila? I guess by doing so we can minimize the bad traffic and the pollution that comes from the traffic noise and smoke. Besides, cycling is a very good aerobic exercise and it doesn’t make us a lesser nation.
But then, the government should provide the proper infrastructure for the cyclers…so that it would be safe and orderly.