Roxas Boulevard Car-Free Sunday

I came out on Sunday, Feb. 15  to support the first car-free Roxas Boulevard day in Manila. The National Bicycle Organization with the Share the Road Movement and the partnering LGUs opened the bayside of Roxas Boulevard from 5am-11am on Feb. 15 to people on foot and people on bikes. This will continue every Sunday. This is a welcome development and builds on a bike and exercise culture that has been becoming more popular on Sunday mornings in this area. Various bike groups came out to inaugurate the car-free day. One of the organizers told me that their facebook posts received 50,000 views and 600 shares. The launch of the Sunday event was shared with the launch of the Bayanihan sa Daan (Share the Road Movement) campaign which hopes to get 10 million signatures by April 2016 in support of more bike and pedestrian friendly roads across the country. 

 Mervin and Justin, the leaders of Pinas Lowrides a group based in Las Pinas, the largest group of its kind in Metro Manila. The group fabricates their own bikes at a factory in Las Pinas, host night rides, and weekend rides to Roxas Boulevard to show off their one of a kind creations- inspired by lowrider and hip hop culture in the US but integrating Filipino sensibilities and materials. 

Mervin and Justin, the leaders of Pinas Lowrides a group based in Las Pinas, the largest group of its kind in Metro Manila. The group fabricates their own bikes at a factory in Las Pinas, host night rides, and weekend rides to Roxas Boulevard to show off their one of a kind creations- inspired by lowrider and hip hop culture in the US but integrating Filipino sensibilities and materials. 

 The Pasinaya Festival Parade attracted bystanders infront of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. 

The Pasinaya Festival Parade attracted bystanders infront of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. 

 BIkers lined up for a view of the dancers. 

BIkers lined up for a view of the dancers. 

 I stopped into Krispy Kreme for a coffee...and maybe a donut, and found these teenagers practicing ukulele music. 

I stopped into Krispy Kreme for a coffee...and maybe a donut, and found these teenagers practicing ukulele music. 

 Bike parking at Harbor View. I didn't realize they had racks here and am now more inclined to bike over this way for food and drinks in the future. 

Bike parking at Harbor View. I didn't realize they had racks here and am now more inclined to bike over this way for food and drinks in the future. 

 GIving my signature to the 10 Million Campaign- every one counts! 

GIving my signature to the 10 Million Campaign- every one counts! 

 I"ve lived near Roxas Boulevard for 6 years and have taken walks along the bay for as long. With the growth of the biking culture in this area comes the vendors selling bicycle gear. These vendors have only been sighted here in the last two  years. I bought a bike light for 160 pesos. Others bought pedals, bike tape, and other accessories. 

I"ve lived near Roxas Boulevard for 6 years and have taken walks along the bay for as long. With the growth of the biking culture in this area comes the vendors selling bicycle gear. These vendors have only been sighted here in the last two  years. I bought a bike light for 160 pesos. Others bought pedals, bike tape, and other accessories. 

 Cycling gear such as athletic shirts, arm covers, and stretch pants can also be purchased here. 

Cycling gear such as athletic shirts, arm covers, and stretch pants can also be purchased here. 

 RIco bikes from Bulacan to Roxas Boulevard on Sundays. 80% of Metro Manila commutes without a car; persons with disabilities are part of that 80% yet there are very limited options for PWDs in Metro Manila. Other countries offer special van or bus services to assist PWDs commute around the city, but in Metro Manila they are largely left to create their own options. 

RIco bikes from Bulacan to Roxas Boulevard on Sundays. 80% of Metro Manila commutes without a car; persons with disabilities are part of that 80% yet there are very limited options for PWDs in Metro Manila. Other countries offer special van or bus services to assist PWDs commute around the city, but in Metro Manila they are largely left to create their own options. 

 The MMDA Public Bike sharing service, which is really a free bike rental rather than a network of rentable bikes, starts tomorrow on Roxas Boulevard. Apparently, several participants did avail of the service this car-free day. 

The MMDA Public Bike sharing service, which is really a free bike rental rather than a network of rentable bikes, starts tomorrow on Roxas Boulevard. Apparently, several participants did avail of the service this car-free day.