(SPOT.ph) While Metro Manila already has a challenging mass transport system, the pandemic further exposed this problem: We don't have enough public transportation, commuting is a huge inconvenience, and the roads prioritize private vehicle owners. But the lockdown also taught us one thing: Biking is always a great option. You can go from one place to another without having to deal with traffic jams, practice social distance, get much-needed exercise, and help minimize your carbon footprint. Some commercial establishments and local government units have also recognized the importance of biking and went on to open bike-friendly spaces and streets.
On June 3, we celebrate World Bicycle Day, which allows United Nations member states to "acknowledge the uniqueness, longevity, and versatility of the bicycle" among other things. Pasig City participates in this global celebration by having the Bike Fest at The Grounds, Ortigas East on June 4. The event runs from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Bike Fest features a free bike maintenance workshop by Decathlon Philippines, a well-known sports brand that also sells bikes and bike accessories. Kombi Brew, which is a slow brew coffee bar on wheels (a 1973 vintage Volkswagen bus, at that), is selling cups of joe to attendees. Bikes and bikers are taking center stage at The Grounds as local businesses offer food, drinks, and even bike art.
Pasig City's Bike Fest is in collaboration with Ortigas Land, Ortigas East, and Tiendesitas. It happens on June 4, Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. at The Grounds, Ortigas East, Pasig City.