- Published: Friday, 11 July 2014 04:55
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There are many cycling groups that are promoting the use of bikes to go around the city - to work, to school, to play... But even as there are many more people who want to take up this challenge, there are plenty more who would rather not use bikes at all. Let's face it: our roads are not meant for bikes but there should be no reason why we can't all share the road. Each one of us has something that can contribute to nation building, even small ones. Let us examine some of the reasons why biking in this country, particularly biking to work, is facing a great uphill challenge to be accepted. Our lawmakers must realize that bicycling is fast becoming a mainstream means of transport for many and not just an alternative one. Bicycling can contribute, in its own little way, in nation building.
|Let's face it: our roads are not meant for bikes but there should be no reason why we can't all share the road. Each one of us has something that can contribute to nation building, even small ones.|
1. We have government officials riding bullet-proof, tinted, air-conditioned, imported top of the line limousines where ever they go.
They will never be caught riding public transportation and much less riding a lowly bike to their destination. They think it is beyond their dignity as elected by popular vote or special appointees to their position by those who were voted into their office, to be inside nothing less than their cars when they are on the streets.
2. Our roads are built for motorized transport.
From one lane to 10 lane highways, the roads our government build are for the benefit of gas-guzzling, environment-polluting vehicles. There are no provisions for building proper bike lanes and our city planners have no idea on how to even plan for them in the future.
Regular or frequent bikers to work or any cyclist who have logged thousands of kilometers on board their bikes on Metro Manila’s streets would have one common experience ...
3. Drivers this side of our good earth are not yet mature enough to share the road with cyclists and it’s not surprising.
This is a clear consequence of number 2. Our citizens are being brain-washed into thinking that cars are needed in order to be considered successful in life; that cars are essential to become prosperous.
4. Philippine policy makers are not aware of the help that cyclists are contributing to help the country.
Bicyclists are helping government realize its millennium development goals in terms poverty alleviation, promotion of gender equality, and ensuring environmental sustainability. Cyclists are helping to keep the air we breathe clean, reduce our dependence on imported fossil fuels, and encourage sustainable living in all levels of society.
5. Those who want to bike are forever discouraged to just go buy and ride a bike by those who are opposed to any form of bicycling.
This may be attributed to lack of knowledge about the bike and cycling in general. The Philippines will never be a bike country like the Netherlands, and perhaps we shouldn’t really aspire to be one. However, we can still try to encourage people to bike because it is beneficial for us all. Riding a bike can be your way to a healthier body and mind. It can help bring down cases of lifestyle diseases brought about by the changing times and social interaction especially among our youth.
There are plenty of other reasons more and we challenge you to identify one more in this post: I Spy With My Little Eye - Where's the Bike Lane? And then please go to Our Advocacies page and read about what else the Firefly Brigade has done through the years.