Technology helps in bridging gaps and further developing our current economy. Apps like these can encourage and advocate lifestyle changes in individuals, groups, and even influence policy.

The Philippines is ranked 2nd with 35% of carbon emission contribution around the world. Our roads are packed with thousands of cars everyday, and our daily mornings are now incomplete without the sight of smog in the horizon. For us, the climate crisis is also a traffic crisis.

The world is already on a deadline. The shift in urbanization towards more sustainable practices is calling on actions that are geared towards cleaner and greener modes of transportation. This is where we bring back the use of old-fashioned travel: cycling.

Currently, the Philippines is not the safest place to ride bicycles or scooters. Our roads are still built and dedicated to private vehicles—however, multiple organizations, companies, and communities are pushing to change our way of thinking and encourage the safety and benefits of going back to our roots of transportation.

Currently, the Philippines is not the safest place to ride bicycles or scooters. Our roads are still built and dedicated to private vehicles—however, multiple organizations, companies, and communities are pushing to change our way of thinking and encourage the safety and benefits of going back to our roots of transportation.

Below are a few apps that you can download to make cycling a little safer.

1. Bisikleta Spaces

The app lets you know of possible areas you can park your bicycle. It gives the user the feeling of security and reassures them of safe places they can leave their bikes whenever they go out. At the same time, it highlights other cities’ initiatives to provide for these spaces.

The goal is to help cyclists around the Philippines to look for bike parking spaces. One of the struggles when cycling is the certainty of where to leave your bike,” app developer, Kristian Guevara tells OffCrowd.

2. Bikemap

When you’re still starting out, Bikemap might be a great help to know routes to take when you want to ride your bicycle. Routes are made from a variety of users that range from city-wide to mountain treks.

Information sharing is a good way to know safe streets to ride when you want to take on using your bikes or scooters to get anywhere. This app may encourage communities as well to build more roads that benefit pedestrians and bicycle riders in the city.

2. Strava

This GPS tracker doesn’t only track for bicycle users, but also for runners. This both encourages work travel and leisure exercise into your daily itinerary. Strava takes in other user inputs as well, with other users commenting and rating their travel routes on the app.

Strava can also help plan your next zero-waste, low impact adventure, while being encouraged by others to take on more challenges.

Technology helps in bridging gaps and further developing our current economy. Apps like these can encourage and advocate lifestyle changes in individuals, groups, and even influence policy.

As apps that encourage low impact travel are being made and improved on, it can be taken as a sign that more people are looking into sustainable options — and most of all, a sustainable city that’s safe for bike riders and pedestrians while tuning down on carbon emissions.

There is still much work to be done, but collective action is one of the solutions. Comment below initiatives or suggestions to build a sustainable city.

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