Road safety advocates push for bike lanes in the country

Philippine roads are becoming more and more motorized.

In a span of five years, data from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) show a 31% jump in the number of registered motor vehicles in the country.

In 2010, there were 6.6 million vehicles registered in the LTO. These include cars, utility vehicles, sports utility vehicles, trucks, buses, trailers and motorcycles. In 2015, the number increased to 8.7 million.

Where does this phenomenon leave cyclists? (See: Cycling: Not fun on the Philippines)

On sidewalks built for pedestrians, and in some cases, this phenomenon leaves them dead. (See: A DEATH ON THE ROAD: The perils the cycling working class face)

Road Safety Journalism Fellow Miguel Dumaual talks to advocates to find out about their fight for bicycle lanes to be placed, and respected, in our streets.

Watch his report here:

This story, which first aired in Bandila, was produced under the Bloomberg Initiative Global Road Safety Media Fellowship implemented by the World Health Organization, Department of Transportation and VERA Files.


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