30 students, teachers in Pasig receive free bikes on World Car-Free Day

Published September 23, 2022, 9:44 AM

by Patrick Garcia

The Pasig City local government, together with the Department of Education (DepEd), distributed bicycles and safety gears to public school students and teachers as part of the celebration of World Car-Free Day on Thursday, Sept. 22.

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Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto and DepEd Undersecretary Kris Ablan led the distribution ceremony of the bikes to 20 Grade Seven to Senior High School students and 10 teachers of the Rizal High School.

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Ablan gave Sotto a tour of the department’s central office as he showcased DepEd’s biker-friendly facilities as it continues to promote cycling to its employees.

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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and increases in fuel prices caused by the Russia-Ukraine war, more and more people are transitioning to cycling as an alternative mode of transportation and an excellent form of exercise.

In response, several cities in the country implemented programs and initiatives to promote cycling and the safety of riders.

The Pasig City local government introduced Car-Free days in some city streets where motor vehicles are prohibited. It also encouraged the people to engage in outdoor activities such as walking, jogging, and cycling.

On May 22, Lopez Jaena Street in Barangay Sumilang has become a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly area every Sunday to compensate for the lack of open spaces in the city. The “People’s Street” initiative was made through the efforts of the barangay council of Sumilang and the Pasig City Transport Development and Management Office (CTDMO).

Recognizing Sunday as a “car-less day,” only pedestrians, bicycles, and light personal mobility devices may enter the street from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This allows residents to have freedom and the space to conduct their outdoor activities such as strolling, bonding with friends and family, or even holding Zumba sessions. It also serves as a playground for children where they can roam safely without the dangers posed by vehicles.

Other than Lopez Jaena Street, Emerald Avenue in Barangay San Antonio, Pasig City is also a well-known People’s Street that is open to the public.

The city government will also launch a 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. free bike lesson on Saturday, Sept. 24, along Caruncho Avenue.