October 11, 2017

Do you want to be like Amsterdam? Why we should promote cycling in Philippines

Cycling Amsterdam by Alfredo Borba (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Amsterdam is home for 1.1 million population with over 1 million of it's population using bicycle as means of transportation. Amsterdam is the cycling capital of the world classified as developed city (capital of Netherlands). This significe that one country can be developed and used bicycle as major source of transportation (take Japan also as major example).

This is how road in Edsa Manila Philippines look like:

Heavy traffic on the EDSA in Makati City by Scandi (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
And this is Amsterdam:

Cyclists in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by Steven Lek - Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10554436

The benefits of cycling in the community is enormous.

1. Bicycle is an exercise tool, it helps you burn calories, keeps you fit while bringing you to your near destination.

2. Using bicycle reduces carbon foot prints; when you are using bicycle it means that you are not using a car. We cannot remove cars on the roads, but when you want to buy something in the grocery store, does it make sense to use bicycle instead of car? It would be really amazing to see cities filed smooth moving bicycle instead of traffic congested cars.

3. Owning a bicycle is cheaper compared to car - it reduces the pressure of owning a car which is expensive. This means that by owning a bicycle you can be mobile just like cars (well cars a very comfortable for long rides, while bicycles are good for short distances).

To rip the benefits of cycling, the government and private sector should start to invest in cycling friendly roads; and who knows we might be the next cycling capital of the world.

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