DepEd gives out FREE bikes for teachers and students on World Car Free Day

The Department of Education (DepEd) joined on Thursday the global movement for active mobility, as the world celebrated World Car Free Day

In an interview, DepEd Undersecretary Kris Ablan urged government employees and the general public to try riding a bike to work.

“I biked to work this morning, and we also encouraged DepEd employees to ditch the car today, and hopefully start a habit of biking to work [more regularly]… We’re not saying that we should ditch the car every day, but during trips that are five kilometers away, malapit lang pwede naman mag-bike, ‘wag na tayo dumagdag sa traffic pa (it’s just near, we can use a bike, let’s not add to traffic volume),” he said. 

Ablan shared that he bikes to the DepEd central office in Pasig City at least once a week.

To entice more employees to bikes,  the DepEd central office has put up an “end-of-trip” facility as prescribed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr). 


 The end-of-trip facility includes bike ramps, bike racks, bike repair stands, and showers for bikers in each establishment or office. 

“We were able to do it… Hopefully from the central office, we can trickle it down to our schools here in Metro Manila, and in other areas where biking is a form of transportation,” Ablan added. 

Safe, inclusive mobility

The Pasig LGU, although proactive in promoting active transport, admitted there is more to improve on, especially in ensuring safe roads for pedestrians and cyclists. 

“Hindi lang sa mga nagbibisikleta (not only in biking) per se, pero dun (but in) sa inclusive mobility, so ‘yung pagpapaganda pa po ng ating (improving our) bike lanes is a very big challenge but we will continue to do it,” Sotto said.

He added that the LGU has been continuously studying possible ways to resolve these challenges. 

“Obviously we will not say that we are perfect… Pinag-aaralan din natin ngayon ‘yung pagpapatupad ng (We are studying the implementation of) speed limit ordinance sa lungsod ng Pasig ,” he said. 

Ablan, meanwhile, emphasized that ensuring safe spaces for cyclists and pedestrians would not only mean securing the help of the local government but also instilling discipline in drivers. 

“Drivers need to understand that the road is not just for cars, passenger jeepneys, or buses, but also for pedestrians and cyclists,” he said.

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