Because the threat of this virus or others may remain for many more months, possibly years, the new normal in our lives is the requirement for social distancing. The current approach to moving people around our city is inadequate and incompatible with social distancing.

When transport operators and drivers depend on their own individual fareboxes and compete against each other for passengers, it is difficult to resist packing more passengers into our buses and jeepneys. Sidewalks in most places are narrow, forcing people to crowd and make physical contact. There are hardly any bicycle lanes, even though cycling is the most appropriate mode of transportation to maintain physical distancing. These need to change now.

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