02/17/2014 2:09 PM
MANILA – Cyclists, environmentalists and doctors trooped to the Supreme Court on Monday to compel the government to share at least four meters of roads for bicycle lanes and walkways.
In a petition for a writ of kalikasan and mandamus filed by the Share the Road Movement led by environment lawyer Antonio Oposa Jr., the group said the solution to the traffic Armageddon is a two-meter bicycle lane and another two-meter walkway in all major road networks.
The group asked to compel the government to “divide the roads in half: half for cars and half for collective transport systems, like all-weather bike lanes and sidewalks, bus rapid transit, and public trains.”
The group was also able to get the support of Senators Loren Legarda, Sonny Angara, and Bam Aquino.
“We should start venturing into transport electrification and energy efficiency. Walking, biking, taking public transport, and carpooling are energy and cost-efficient transport modes that we should always consider whenever possible,” Legarda said.
The group said the road space that will be given to ordinary citizens will also promote healthy living.
The group, which also includes members of the Philippine Medical Association (PMA), did not discount the fact that the cyclists and ordinary citizens may be exposed to fumes and pollution coming from cars.
The movement said, however, that the main goal is to reduce the cars on the roads by swaying individuals to ride a bike or just walk.
It also said the system may not be enforced overnight. The government can allow one day for every week for such a system in the meantime. – from a report by Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News