Due to COVID-19, transportation options for workers required to physically report to work have already been scarce as it is. In the wake of the suspension of public transportation during the community quarantines, thousands looked to cycling to report to work.
Even with lockdowns eased, the public’s preference for alternative transport options remained. According to Social Weather Stations, 85% of Filipinos across all areas and socio-demographic groups believe their cities can be a great place for walking and cycling. A larger 87% also agreed roads will be better off if public transportation, bicycles, and pedestrians are given priority over private vehicles.
The Department of Labor and Employment in its 2020 labor survey also found Filipino workers want to secure more bike lanes in the Metro. Survey results found that 78% of the total respondents would still use bicycles going to work, even if there were other accessible forms of transportation.