November 26, 2021

The Department of Transportation has requested that Google Maps include PH bike lanes.

The Philippines’ Department of Transportation (DOTr) has asked Google to include bike lane routes in the dashboard of its popular real-time navigation app Google Maps in order to assist cyclists on their daily commutes.

According to Transportation Secretary Art Tugade, the DOTr is working with Google on the project.

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

He said the DOTr is awaiting approval from Google, but he is optimistic that the tech giant will support the Department’s request because it is a proponent of active transportation.

“Given the growing number of Filipino cyclists, we’ve asked Google to give this suggestion top priority.” Tugade stated, “We are confident that we will be able to gain their support on this.”

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has completed a 500-kilometer bike lane network in major cities across the Philippines.

Metro Manila (313.12 kilometers), Metro Cebu (129.47 kilometers), and Metro Davao are all part of the bike lane network (54.74 km).

Pavement markings, physical separators, solar-powered road studs, thermoplastic paints, road signage, and bike racks are all used in bike lanes.

The Bayanihan to Recover as One Act provided funding for the project.

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