Cyclists wearing protective masks ride along a newly opened bike lane in San Juan city, Metro Manila, in observance of World Bicycle Day on June 3, 2020. Several cities have opened bicycle lanes as people use different ways of commuting while public transport remains limited to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Photo: AP Cyclists wearing protective masks ride along a newly opened bike lane in San Juan city, Metro Manila, in observance of World Bicycle Day on June 3, 2020. Several cities have opened bicycle lanes as people use different ways of commuting while public transport remains limited to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Photo: AP
Cyclists wearing protective masks ride along a newly opened bike lane in San Juan city, Metro Manila, in observance of World Bicycle Day on June 3, 2020. Several cities have opened bicycle lanes as people use different ways of commuting while public transport remains limited to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Photo: AP
Melinda Martinus
Opinion

Opinion

Eye on Asia by Melinda Martinus

Coronavirus response gives Asean cities a chance to embrace a greener, healthier future

  • Improved air quality in cities across Southeast Asia is a welcome development but one that is not sustainable in the long term without further reforms
  • Making cities greener and pedestrian-friendly, revamping public transport and promoting energy-efficient buildings now will help ensure a healthier future

Cyclists wearing protective masks ride along a newly opened bike lane in San Juan city, Metro Manila, in observance of World Bicycle Day on June 3, 2020. Several cities have opened bicycle lanes as people use different ways of commuting while public transport remains limited to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Photo: AP Cyclists wearing protective masks ride along a newly opened bike lane in San Juan city, Metro Manila, in observance of World Bicycle Day on June 3, 2020. Several cities have opened bicycle lanes as people use different ways of commuting while public transport remains limited to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Photo: AP
Cyclists wearing protective masks ride along a newly opened bike lane in San Juan city, Metro Manila, in observance of World Bicycle Day on June 3, 2020. Several cities have opened bicycle lanes as people use different ways of commuting while public transport remains limited to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Photo: AP
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Melinda Martinus

Melinda Martinus

Melinda Martinus is a lead researcher in socio-cultural affairs at the Asean Studies Centre at Singapore’s ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.