Thousands of cycling enthusiasts have already joined the call for safer streets, and the preservation and protection of the environment. There have already been numerous events the past several years promoting this casue, lobbying to our leaders to listen to our calls.
The 1st QC Bike Day, which was held at the very heart of Quezon City—the Quezon City Circle, was organized by the National Bicycle Organization of the Philippines (NBOP). Like other similar cycling for a cause events, its mission is to campaign for safer roads for bikers and pedestrians alike, the promotion and awareness for alternative modes of transportation, and the protection of the environment. This is its first edition, and for sure it won't be the last.
Cycling for a cause
The event kicked of at 6:00 am with a bike tour, which saw close to a thousand bikers parade around the Quezon City bike loop with such enthusiasm and pride for the cause they are supporting. They were back at the QC circle by 8:30 am.
Participants of the event shared their thoughts with RideNa as to why they joined the event.
Paolo Salvador said “I enjoy participating in these kinds of events because I know it’s for a good cause. I also love biking with my friends and this is a great way to use our time supporting an advocacy, while biking together.”
Nina Cruz, a mother, with her eight year old daughter added “I want to show my child the importance of taking care of the environment, for all it’s inhabitants, not just for us now, but also for the future generations”.
Events and activities
The event also had several activities in its line-up including criterion races in different categories, and an adventure race all held in the QC circle grounds.
The air was full of excitement! There were booths from different bike groups, like the United Folding Bikers, The Bike Bros, Baywalk Beach Cruisers, and many other bike associations from around Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
Exhibitor tents circled the grounds in the fountain area, which included bike brands like Bambikes, Mars Kingdom and more. There were also apparel retailers, and lots of sponsor booths and food kiosks.
“Cycling is Freedom” said Mr. Benedict Camara, one of conveners and Director of the National Bicycle Organization of the Philippines and organizer of the event.
One of their group’s main mission is to push for more legislation that will be the basis for change, and to compel cities and municipalities to create safer roads for bikers and pedestrians.
They also want to encourage the local governments to act on already existing policies such as the EO 774 dated 2008, which states in general that fossil fuel consumption must be reduced, and that roads must favor non-motorized vehicles such as bikes.
(Read a RideNa article about the Top 5 Bike Friendly Cities in the Philippines)
Camara and his co-conveners have other programs and initiatives that proactively ensure that ordinances and promises made by local governments are being kept, like the Bike watch, an online form which lets the bikers submit reports about establishments who do not provide bicycle parking. For more information about their projects visit their website at National Bicycle Organization of the Philippines.
Watch out for the 2nd National Bike Day on November 22, 2015.
We support all cycling organizations in promoting advocacies that will benefit the cycling community.
We will forever uphold causes close to our heart: taking care of the environment, ensuring road safety for all bikers, and promoting cycling as a sport and as a lifestyle.
- Road safety is for all, including bikers
- Bikers should practice discipline and mindfulness when using the road
- Cycling is a sport, a lifestyle, and a practical means of transportation; therefore it should not be exclusive to anyone
- Cycling as a sport has a lot of potential in the Philippines and Pinoy cyclists have what it takes to compete in the international stage
- The environment is integral to the cycling experience so it must be taken care of
(Cover Photo credit: National Bike Organization of the Philippines)