DOTr asks Google to include bike paths for its navigation map app

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Transportation (DOTr) has asked technology giant Google to include the country’s bike path routes in the dashboard of its real-time navigation app Google Maps in an initiative to help cyclists.

“We have asked Google to consider this proposal [as] top priority given the growing number of Filipino cyclists, ‚ÄĚTransport Secretary Arthur Tugade said in an email on Thursday.

He said this is a “good innovation” for Google Maps, especially now that many Filipinos use bicycles as a primary mode of transportation.

Tugade said he is confident Google will pursue the agency’s request, noting that the latter is a proponent of active transportation.

“We are confident that we can win their support for this,” he added.

DOTr has implemented a 500-kilometer cycle path network in major cities across the country. The project, funded under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, covers Metro Manila, Metro Cebu and Metro Davao.

According to the department, bike lanes consist of “sidewalk markings, physical separators, solar-powered road bumps, thermoplastic paints, road signs and bike racks.”


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