Ever since last year, cycling has become the new “normal” mode of transportation in place of public transport. In response to the increased number of bikers on the road, the Department of Transporation (DOTr) has established bike lanes along major thoroughfares across Metro Manila. However, everyone has their opinion about bike lanes. Some say it's a start, but others are not satisfied at all.
Well, if you have something to say about bike lanes, now's your chance to be heard. The DOTr has recently opened a survey, and they want your opinion about the newly implemented bike lanes across the country. In particular, the agency aims to “collect the perceptions of road users on bicycle infrastructure in the Philippines”. Not a cyclist? That's okay. The DOTr says the survey is open to all road users.
The survey asks what your predominant mode of transportation in the present and pre-pandemic. There's also a section asking why you have opted not to use bikes or light mobility vehicles (e-bikes) as an alternative mode of transportation. Interested in answering the survey? You may either click this link or scan the QR code above.
The issue of bike lanes has been divided ever since. Some cyclists say the infrastructure is not enough, with others complaining motorcycle riders also take advantage of bike lanes. Meanwhile, a few motorists claim the bike lanes with permanent dividers have made traffic heavier. Cyclists, on the other hand, want wider bike lanes for better movement. They also complain that the lanes often get blocked by parked vehicles or motorbikes.
Whatever your stand on the new bike lanes in the country, why not join the survey? What you say might affect what the government will do to improve bike infrastructure in the country.