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Move it, people. Mobility challenge winners push new ways to get around Metro Manila

Participants at the Inclusive Mobility Project's non-motorized transport forum and mapping workshop held in April. (Photo courtesy of the Inclusive Mobility Project)

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Can Metro Manila residents get around the urban jungle in a safer, greener, and more efficient way?

Those behind the Inclusive Mobility Project say yes.

Organized by the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG) and financed by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, the project is all about moving people around the metropolis and making their commute easier.

How?

By bringing the different sectors together—schools, government, businesses, private citizens, civic organizations—and pooling their initiatives and solutions, as well as facilitating discussions between them.

They also issued a challenge to anyone who would dare innovate and promote inclusive mobility through projects or enterprises.

Three winners and five runners-up have emerged in the inaugural Inclusive Mobility Challenge.

Taking the grand prize is Ejeepney Transport Corporation (http://inclusivemobility.net/peopleschoice/ejeepney/), which advocates the use of the electric jeepney as “a sustainable and socially innovative mode of transport.”

Second place went to Bikes for the Philippines (http://inclusivemobility.net/peopleschoice/bikes-for-the-philippines/), which provides students with bicycles so they can stay in school.

Third place was given to Wheelmobile (http://inclusivemobility.net/peopleschoice/wheelmobile/), which affords roomy vans to impoverished persons with disabilities so they can go to places otherwise inaccessible by wheelchair, like their workplaces, places of leisure, and hospitals.

The five runners-up are:

1. Bambike: a fair-trade, sustainable “socio-ecological enterprise” for handmade bamboo bicycles;

2. CAT Bike Ride 2012: a program that provides affordable bicycles to minimum-wage earners so they can ride to and from work daily;

3. Pedala Bike Messengers: a green, cost-effective “same-day delivery service”;

4. Ridefind.ph: an application that advocates for “collaborative travel among daily commuters and weekend travelers within Metro Manila”; and

5. The Tiklop Society of the Philippines: an organization that “promotes the use of folding bikes combined with other modes of public transportation such as buses, jeepneys, or trains.”

Twenty-six entries were submitted to the challenge. These were assessed according to how successfully they were implemented; how innovative they were; and how sustainable, replicable, or scalable they could be.

“All of us dream of a Metro Manila where people, including the poor, the children, the elderly, and PWDs, can get around in comfort and with dignity,” said Inclusive Mobility project manager Dr. Marie Danielle V. Guillen. “The innovation (and) energy shown by the challenge winners gives us a lot of hope. It reassures us that ingenious Filipinos and their groups are already working hard to make that dream a reality.”

To learn more about the Inclusive Mobility Challenge, netizens can go to www.inclusivemobility.net/challenge.

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