Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Congratulations for the bikesharing project at UP

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
March 30, 2016

We congratulate a group of students in UP, who pooled their talents and resources to have a bikesharing project for their last mile. (Featured in a segment of Green Living of Paolo Abrera at ANC - UP Bikeshare)

From UP Edu - bikesharing project in UP

It is such a great initiative and commendable at that for setting up a system.  Our LGU are starting with bike lanes.  But it has not transformed bike as a viable mass transport system.  In China, Vietnam, Amsterdam and other parts of the world biking, which is a green initiative is mass transport system, equal or of the same significance as bus or train.  Our DOTC has not made a breakthrough to develop such a system.

It is notable that the students have made  a low cost system to make this work.  In NYC the cost to set up a system cost NYC $5,000 (about P200,000 each) for a bike.

There are only about 30 users and the number has not increased and they discovered that not many are subscribing to this idea because of perceived safety concerns.  (Yes after seeing a lot of news on bike accidents. There was one in bisikleta iglesia last Holy Thursday)

Again, UP bike share congrats.

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