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Pedaling your way to new normal



photograph by ALVIN KASIBAN for the daily tribune A biker takes his lane in Quezon City.

People say you do not ride a bike to add days to your life. You ride a bike to add life to your days.

photograph by DAVID JOHN CUBANGBANG for the daily tribune
Female cyclists show their wheels in an Antipolo mall.

This goes true to many cyclists, pro and non-pro, these days when the world continues to battle the worst health crisis of this lifetime.

Recently, the world celebrated Bicycle Day. In 2018, the United Nations General Assembly declared 3 June as World Bicycle Day, which aims at developing a culture of cycling for basic transportation and strengthening physical and mental health.

photograph by ALVIN KASIBAN for the daily tribune
Adding life to your day is just a bike ride away, especially under a morning sun.

To many, bicycles are the lifelines that allow them to go through life’s challenges brought about by the pandemic which, in fact, has opened the floodgate for a bicycle boom not only in the Philippines but across the world.

This two-wheel vehicle does not just simply offer a pathway for achieving greater health equity, but it also proves its worth as the most environmentally fit mode of transportation.

photographs by ANALY LABOR, RIO DELUVIO for the daily tribune
Biking is not just for fun, it is for livelihood.

According to the World Health Organization, for the poorest urban sector, who often cannot afford private vehicles, cycling, aside from walking, can provide a form of transport while reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, diabetes, and even death. The improved active transport is not only healthy; it is also equitable and cost-effective.

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In the midst of the pandemic, the number of bike enthusiasts in the country have grown, as they discovered a healthy and sustainable hobby.

The focus on cycling, not just as a form of exercise but rather an alternative mode of transportation, gained ground when the government restricted the movement of the people to slow the spread of the virus since March 2020.

Thousands of Filipinos had turned to bicycles to take them to where they need to go, including work, as transportation was scarce.

This has also led transport and labor advocates to push the government to install proper bicycle lanes and infrastructure.

Now, many Filipinos are pedaling their way to a healthy lifestyle and survival — which will add days to their lives and lives to their days.