Makati Business Club to policymakers: Come up with people-oriented transportation systems
MANILA, Philippines — Policymakers have been urged to look at the benefits and hurdles hounding public transportation, pedestrians and cyclists to craft “people-oriented” systems.
The Makati Business Club (MBC), a private non-stock and non-profit association, made the call to managers and policymakers on Thursday amid the celebration of the World Car-Free Day.
“On the occasion of World Car-Free Day, MBC encourages managers and policymakers to ask about or even experience the challenges and benefits of public transport and active mobility (walking and cycling),” the group said in a statement.
“This would be a critical factor in promoting and enacting people-oriented transportation systems that serve the great majority of Filipino commuters,” the group added.
The MBC expressed its support for increased investment in “well- and holistically-studied” public transportation and “safe and inclusive” pedestrian sidewalks and bike lanes.
Citing the “fast-growing role” of motorcycles, the group likewise backed discussions on the use of the vehicle.
“We believe these investments are an essential part of a transport and mobility system that will enable all Filipinos to work and do other activities they need or want to do,” the MBC pointed out.
Further, the MBC pressed the government, business, and civil society organizations to promote and create more protected bike lanes, ramps, and end-of-trip facilities such as bike racks, showers, and lockers.
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