'Car-less Day' launched in Pasig


Posted at Jun 03 2012 04:58 PM | Updated as of Jun 04 2012 12:58 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Using an alternative vehicle for transportation is the new advocacy of Pasig City as it launched "Car-less Day" along F. Ortigas Road in Barangay San Antonio on Sunday.

Starting June 3 and every Sunday thereafter, F. Ortigas road will be off limits to motorized vehicles from 6 a.m. to 12 noon.

Residents and passersby may instead use alternative vehicles, including bicycles, skates, skateboards and scooters, in accordance to a city ordinance promoting biking as a healthy and environmentally sound mode of transportation.

"Malaki ang contribution ng mga behikulo sa pollution, kaya sinuggest n amin na mag-invest sa pagbibisikleta," said Pasig City Mayor Robert Eusebio. "Hindi lang maganda sa pangangatawan, makakatulong pa sa kalikasan."

F. Ortigas Jr. road is the first Metro Manila road to implement the car-less day policy.

According to Eusebio, the city is already identifying other roads that can implement the policy without inconveniencing other motorists.

"Nag-a-identify kami ng street, itong Emerald at saka sa C. Raymundo, sa may Kanyugan," said Eusebio.

He admitted that it is difficult to envision a day when the whole of Pasig or Metro Manila will implement a car-less policy.

"Kaya iniisip namin, isang kalsada lang muna," Eusebio said.

The event also saw the distribution of 100 mountain bikes for city employees.