The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has asked tech giant Google to include Philippine bike lanes in the navigation app Google Maps to allow the two-wheeled to more easily plan their routes.
“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,” said Transportation Secretary Art Tugade.
“We have asked Google to consider this suggestion top priority considering the increasing number of Filipino cyclists. We are confident that we can win their support on this,” he added.
The DOTr has already completed its 500-kilometer bike lane network in metropolitan cities across the Philippines.
Bike lanes have pavement markings, physical separators, solar-powered road studs, thermoplastic paints, road signages, and bike racks.
The bike lane network includes Metro Manila (313.12 kilometers), Metro Cebu (129.47 km.), and Metro Davao (54.74 km).