DOTr asks Google to include PH bike lanes in Google Maps

DOTr asks Google to include PH bike lanes in Google Maps




The Department of Transportation (DOTr) requests Google to include bike lane routes in the Philippines in the dashboard of its popular real-time navigation app Google Maps to assist cyclists.

Secretary Art Tugade said the DOTr is already coordinating with Google regarding the project and they are currently waiting for Google’s approval.

“This will be a very good innovation for Google Maps considering that many Filipinos now are riding bikes as their main mode of transportation which brings significant health and environmental benefits especially amid the pandemic,” said Secretary Tugade.


 

Furthermore, Secretary Tugade is confident that the tech giant will most likely pursue the department’s request as it is a supporter of active transport.

“We have asked Google to consider this suggestion top priority considering the increasing number of Filipino cyclists. We are confident that we can win their support on this,” said Tugade.

Bike lanes have pavement markings, physical separators, solar-powered road studs, thermoplastic paints, road signages, and bike racks.

Meanwhile, Google has also released its official statement. “Google Maps helps people navigate and get things done everyday. Google will continue to work closely with the Department of Transportation to explore ways to make the map even more helpful for Filipinos,” said Google spokesperson.

Source: DOTr



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