The government’s plan to construct 306 kilometers of protected bike lanes in Metro Manila, has come under the scrutiny of a cycling advocacy group known as the Move As One Coalition.
During a press briefing held on Feb. 8, the coalition had announced that it had found only 730 meters of marked pavement so far; a far cry from the Department of Transportation claim to have built around 29 km of bike lane, with their target for this year being 140 km.
Spokesperson for the Move As One Coalition Jedd Ugay, believes that the government is not as committed to the project as they should be, and allowing the opportunity to shift car-centric mindsets, to pass by.
Move As One Coalition’s urban planning and transport expert, Robert Siy, said that converting one car lane to a bike lane would be beneficial, as EDSA traffic statistics from June last year showed that a considerable amount of individuals used bikes: private vehicles accounted for the transport of over 130,000 people, while bikes carried over 100,000.
The coalition is yet to receive a clear answer from the government, regarding these delays in progress.