A total of 172 bikers joined the launching of the Bike Day in La Trinidad, Benguet on March 28, which was part of the toned-down Strawberry Festival.
Bikers have filed on one lane of the national highway during the launching, which started from the municipal hall towards Bell Church where bikers made a U-turn back to La Trinidad.
Participants then went through the Pico-Puguis Road towards Buyagan and made a turn towards the municipal grounds where the ride concluded with a program.
Mayor Romeo Salda led officials in baring the signage along Km. 3 with the reminder “Share the road” to alert motorists of the presence of bikers.
Councilor Teddy Walang, who is also a cycling enthusiast, said the event has spurred the love for biking among residents.
The number of bicycle users has doubled in the municipality since the start of the pandemic, prompting local officials to initiate programs for the protection and safety of bikers and motorists.
Veteran cyclists also conducted orientation to assist newbies when riding on the road.
Michelle Celoy, a newbie biker, said she is happy the municipality has initiated the bike day, adding the bike lane is important especially for new bikers who are braving the highway.
The bike day, which will be held every Sunday, is part of the recently approved “Vulnerable Road Users” ordinance. – Ofelia C. Empian