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President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the fourth Sunday of November of every year as National Bicycle Day.
“There is a need to highlight the importance of non-motorized transportation as a means of fostering sustainable development and promoting environmental health that is conducive to the physical health and well-being of Filipinos,” according to Proclamation 1052 issued on Nov. 18.
Bicycle enthusiasts and cycling advocates couldn’t agree more.
“More people on bikes instead of on cars means less pollution and better air quality,” said public transport advocate Robert Siy Jr. during a webinar on bicycle use earlier this month.
“Reduced consumption of fossil fuels translates to lower emission of greenhouse gases. When we’re battling climate change, every bit counts,” he pointed out.
In addition to protecting the environment, he said cycling to work will also help decongest traffic and provide a healthy alternative to crowded buses and trains amid the pandemic.“More people cycling means shorter queues and less congested public transport services.”Bike enthusiast Mia Bunao of cycling advocacy group Kalyetista, said apart from environmental benefits, cycling can help riders “feel better physically and mentally.”“It also creates a sense of community. You can interact with your community while biking.”Dr Antonio Dans, spokesman of the Healthcare Professional Alliance against COVID-19 (HPAAC), cites the enormous benefits of cycling especially in the middle of a pandemic.Biking increases physical activity, which reduces the risk of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, stroke, heart attack and cancer, he said during a road safety forum on Nov. 9, adding that cycling […]