Environmental Law Program

Road-Sharing Movement Update

sharetheroads On February 17, 2014, a group of young Filipinos submitted to the Philippine Supreme Court a Petition for the Writ of Kalikasan (Nature) against the Philippine Government. In the Petition, they demanded for the Government to divide the roads in half: one-half for non-motorized transportation (safe, wide, covered sidewalks, edible gardens, and all-weathered bike lanes) and the other half for motorized public and private transportation. Details of the filing can be found here. The Full Petition can be found here.

On March 12, 2014, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that it would be adding more bike lanes in Quezon City this year. A number of Filipinos have been fighting for the use of bikes as an alternative means of transportation. The Bicyclist Act of 2014 proposes the establishment of Local Bikeway Offices in all cities and municipalities in the Philippines. Environmental activist Antonio Oposa, Jr. adds that one lesson to take away from this is that nothing is impossible unless you try. “Oftentimes our efforts take a very, very long time to bear fruit. But sometimes, there are a few things that surprise us sooner than we ever dreamed of.”

On April 19, 2014, the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) announced that it will be working with Mr. Oposa to see how the agency can implement road-sharing. DOTC also noted that it is currently working on various projects, including a bus rapid transit system for Metro Manila and Cebu, more walkways for commuters, and the addition of e-jeepneys.

Video footage from the amazing ELP Colloquium: The Road-Sharing Movement held on January 28, 2014 is now available.

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/85576374 Password: wsrelp   For more information on the Road-Sharing Movement, please visit their website at sharetheroads.net