MANILA, Philippines—A group of Filipinos, including children and students, on Monday asked the Supreme Court to compel the government to implement a road-sharing scheme, saying that practically all the roads in the country are given to just less than 2 percent of the population that owns motor vehicles. “The 98 percent of Filipinos are not even given proper space for them to walk or bike,” the group said. It is demanding that half of the roads be set aside for nonmotorized transportation, safe and covered sidewalks, edible gardens and all-weather bike lanes, and the other half for an organized transport system.
Much of the future of the world depends on developing and underdeveloped countries abandoning the American form of urbanization. It's a dead end. The city was not made for cars, and the suburbs (the terminal point of car urbanism) do not pay for themselves (they are political fictions that are heavily subsidized). And the poorer a country is, the more its car infrastructure is a subsidy for just one class: the rich. For a developing country to reach American levels of car dependency would require not only massive subsidies for infrastructure but also a big part of state expenditures devoted to the maintenance of a massive army.