Non-motorized transport (NMT), and in particular walking, is the most basic of mobility options, but it is often the most neglected in terms of investment and policy support. Enhancing pedestrian and bicycle facilities can be a highly cost]effective means to simultaneously alleviate traffic congestion, reduce air and noise emissions, minimize greenhouse gas emissions, improve human health, create conditions for higher quality of life, stimulate new economic opportunities, and cultivate social equity. Planning and implementing NMT can also be achieved within modest investment levels.
gGreenwaysh are activity corridors that are free from motorized vehicles. Greenways create quality space for commercial exchange, health and recreation, and access to jobs and services. Successful greenway projects have been realized in cities such as Guangzhou, Peoplefs Republic of China and Seoul, Republic of Korea.
With the support of the municipalities of Pasig City and Mandaluyong City in the Philippines, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is working to create a Greenways demonstration in the Ortigas Central Business District in Metro Manila, the Philippines. This project brings together ADB with various stakeholders, including local government, private businesses, civil society, and research organizations.
Currently, the intense traffic and lack of adequate footpaths and public space in the Ortigas area negatively affects quality of life. Around 70% of the areafs working population rely on public transport, and these persons suffer the most from the lack of a walkable environment. The initial Ortigas Greenways effort will seek to connect the Ortigas Metro Rail Transit (MRT) station with commercial centers and residential buildings.
While the current investment effort will be focused upon the Ortigas area, the long-term objective is to create an example of socially-inclusive and environmentally sustainable transport that could be replicated in cities across the Asia and Pacific region.