Many Philippine cities are not very walkable. One indicator of poor walkability is the number of pedestrian bridges one would find. And yet, a building boom in pedestrian bridges persists in many cities and towns all over the country.

Pedestrian bridges are often displayed by officials as an accomplishment, but they should be scrutinized more carefully. Pedestrian bridges are not only a poor option for spending public funds; they are also often associated with worsening road safety, reduced mobility and increased criminal activity.

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