Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Bike Commuting in New York City

Bike Commuting is widely accepted in developed cities like New York.

I can think of at least 3 reasons why:

  1. These cities have leaders who support cycling. The mayor of New York is a cycling advocate. Michael Bloomberg promotes cycling as a safe, environment-friendly transportation alternative. He even place pedestrians and cyclists on top priority
  2. Bike lanes and other cycling infrastructures are abundant in the city. Contrast this to Manila and you see why many people are turned off in the idea of cycling.
  3. New Yorkers have accepted and embraced cycling as an alternative transport. Many have ditched their cars in favor of the humble bicycle for a number of reasons. The main consideration is the cost of ownership and inconvenience of getting around the city.

My dream for Manila is to be like New York. It would be years for that to happen but eventually, we will get there.


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