In observance of the 2nd World Bicycle Day, Outgoing Mayor Mauricio Domogan has put out an order that will allow a 19-hour bike pass along Session Road on June 2, 2019.
World Bicycle Day celebration in Baguio
Based on Administrative Order No. 60, bicycles will be able to pass through Baguio’s main road starting at 5AM of June 2 up to 12AM of June 3.
Bike Lanes for a day
The Administrative Order has been made to pave way for the celebration’s lined up activities and the bicycle fun ride. The said events will be a collaboration among the different cycling groups and the local government through the City Tourism and the Special Events Division of the Office of Administration.
Parking spaces along Session Road will also be turned into “bike lanes for a day.” Thus, parking will not be allowed in the area on the said hours.
Last year’s celebration
Last year, Mayor Domogan has approved Resolution No. 114 series of 2018 “Declaring Every 3rd Day of June Every Year as Bicycle Day in the City of Baguio in Support to the International Work Bicycle Day and Incorporating Related Activities Therein.”
The resolution then marked the first participation of Baguio City in celebrating the World Bicycle Day. Seven cycling groups were able to organize activities with the help of Councilor Elmer Datuin.
Objective of the Celebration of the World Bicycle Day in Baguio
The resolution states the importance and purpose of the celebration as follows.
“In acknowledgement of the contribution of cycling to the world’s sustainable development goals, the United National has declared the third day of June as International World Bicycle Day and invites all member states and relevant stakeholders to celebrate and promote awareness of the event.”
“As a counterpart, the City has to encourage its citizens to use bicycles as a means of transportation. Aside from health benefits derived from cycling, it is eco-friendly as it does not emit smoke and it saves money as it does not use fuel. It will likewise decongest traffic and needs minimal space for parking.”