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Bike tour to kick off month long bike fest

BIKERS UNITE. Some of the biking enthusiast who joined the bike ride Saturday and during the World Bike’s Day. It also started the month long bike fest or Sang-atan. NCO/PIO Baguio

A month long celebration for biking has started Saturday for a city that has fallen in love with the sport when the country was in lockdown during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

Saturday saw scores of biking enthusiast during has the World Bicycle Day which marked the beginning of the city’s bike festival.

The ride around the city started at 5AM as the scores of biking enthusiasts enjoyed “riding together for a sustainable future” and where registration was free and entitled the riders to a free shirt.

The Saturday event is just the start of the city’s celebration of bike festival dubbed as Sang-atan or the Baguio Bike Festival in an effort of “a bike friendly city is a sustainable city.”

The month long celebration will be followed with the Sunday Ride Bike Tour on June 11 and to be followed by another bike ride on June 18 which is a ride in coordination with the Regional Authority for Child Care Office.

On June 22, it will be a bike count followed by the MTB Bike Race on June 25.

June 30 will be a busy day as one of the penultimate events during a busy weekend with the bike exposition, a bike tiangge as well as the Sabat-Sang-at welcome ride and sang-at at silaw tour of the lights.

On July 1, kids will be the focus with the kiddie trike and balance bike races and including events like the sang-at pitik photo-pedal Baguio city crawl, the bike 101 and the Sang-atan cultural night.

The final day includes the hari ng ahon criterium race to be followed by the closing program and an ensuing concert.

Biking has become a sort of a fad with councilor Leandro Yangot, Jr. even rendering his talent alogn with members of the Sin Agi to come out with a nine feet by 70 feet mural called Biking Mobility Mural at Legarda Road, near Marcos highway. It was the first of the envisioned Climate Action Wall which now has the Save the Watershed mural. Pigeon Lobien

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