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DOTr petitioned for bike lane routes to be added on Google Maps!

Good news for cyclists out there! DOTr is pushing to include the Philippines' bike lane routes in Google Maps.
DOTr petitioned for bike lane routes to be added on Google Maps!
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DOTr is optimistic that Google will "most likely pursue their request"

Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade said the DOTr has already made a request and now coordinating with the search giant regarding the project. Allegedly, the aim of this initiative is to help cyclists on their daily commutes. Secretary Tugade added,

This will be a very good innovation for Google Maps considering that many Filipinos now are riding bikes as their main mode of transportation which brings significant health and environmental benefits, especially amid the pandemic.

Tugade said that the agency is still waiting for approval from Google but he feels confident that the search platform will push the request since it highly supports active transport. 

DOTr has asked them to take this suggestion as a top priority, considering the increasing number of Filipino cyclists. According to the said agency, there's already a 500-kilometer bike lane network in metropolitan cities across the country.

The bike lane network includes Metro Manila (313.12 kilometers), Metro Cebu (129.47 kilometers), and Metro Davao (54.74 kilometers). 

The bike lane project, which was funded under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, has pavement markings, physical separators, solar-powered road studs, thermoplastic paints, road signages, and bike racks.

What do you think?

Source: DOTr

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