Following the surge in cases of Covid 19 in the country, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has moved to promote cycling and the building of protected bike lanes.
Neda said doing so can augment public transportation and help people safely get to work during the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has hurt the economy, especially the transport sector. The community quarantines and physical distancing regulations that help protect lives inadvertently reduced transport supply and resulted in public transport shortages,” acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua said.
Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) indicate that the land transport sector contracted 30.7 percent in 2020, more than three times worse than overall gross domestic product (GDP).
Chua said a sharp contraction in transportation can significantly bring down the rest of the economy amid its large economic linkages.
He added reduced vehicle capacities have also led to a land transport shortage, leading to a spike in passenger road transport inflation, from 2.6 percent in 2019 to 9.6 percent in 2020.