Cycling, protected bike lanes can augment public transpo shortage

Promoting cycling and building protected bike lanes can augment public transportation and help people safely get to work during the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Economic and Development Authority said.

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority indicate that the land transport sector contracted 31 percent in 2020, more than three times worse than overall gross domestic product.

Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick 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.

Chua reiterated, “Promoting cycling and other modes of active transportation will provide safe, healthy, and affordable means of participating in the economy.”

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