That Baguio City has seen better days is a common sentiment from many people who’ve visited the nation’s summer capital the past couple of years. The main culprit? Based purely on the eye test, you could count rapid urbanization and the increasing number of cars as suspects.
To help make the city more walkable again, the Baguio City government recently inaugurated neat new bike lanes along Session Road. They’re separated from the main road by fences and small planters, are properly painted and marked, and also sit next to a pretty wide sidewalk. Look:
This is just one of the many projects the city has in the pipeline with the goal of improving Baguio’s walkability. In a video interview, Baguio City city planning and development coordinator Donna Tabangin implied that more development is on the way.
“We have to make sure that even if it takes years and years for us to see the development that we want—and I’m talking of like five years, 10 years, 25 years from now—we have to make sure that all effort as well as the use of financial resources because these are expensive, are towards one end,” the official told RNG Luzon.
“We have to make sure that this time, the development is the development we want.”
Other plans include the removal of Session Road’s center island, repositioning its trees to the sides of the road, and possibly implementing a tram system that will cater to the city’s central business district. Do you think Baguio City can turn a new leaf with this type of initiative? Let us know in the comments.