WARNING: this one's partly a rant.
Shanghai and Mexico City are requiring their public officials to use public transport once a month.
What does Makati do to celebrate Earth Day? Ask drivers to shut of their engines for 60 seconds.
(SFX: canned laughter)
And, oh, it gets worse: they start the day with a motorcade. Woohoo.
Couldn't they have had a pedestrian march instead? Or a bicycle parade?
Ah, yes, I forgot. We're ruled by auto-elitists who can't imagine that you need to provide efficient public transportation and control private car use if you want to make a serious dent on our greenhouse gas emissions.
Ok, rant over.
Here are some ideas they could consider next time, if they actually want to make a meaningful gesture.
- Provide free public transportation within Makati for one whole day.
- Pair that off with a one day 100% increase in parking rates throughout the city -no parking should be free (even to residents).
- Proceeds of that parking rate increase should go to a pedestrian streetscape fund or to pay for bike racks in all public buildings.
- Declare one of the main roads (Ayala Avenue or Makati Avenue) completely pedestrian for one whole day.