MANILA (UPDATE)—Starting Aug. 4, a part of Session Road in Baguio City will be closed to vehicular traffic every Sunday to make it pedestrian-friendly.
The city's public information office said Wednesday this is an experimental move to revitalize the environmental condition of the major thoroughfare in Baguio's central business district.
The lane from the Development Bank of the Philippines going up to Session Road Rotunda will be closed to traffic from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Vehicles coming from Calderon St. are not allowed to enter Session Road, except only those coming from Mabini St.
Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) acting director Allen Rae Co said the order came from Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong.
In a survey conducted by BCPO, some 16,000 vehicles pass through Session Road daily.
Some public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers warned the pedestrianization of Session Road may lead to heavy traffic in adjacent roads.
The move earned praises from several residents, saying they are looking forward to a "carless Sunday."
“Nakakasama din sa kalusugan namin 'yung usok,” security guard Rodrigo Abao said.—With a report from Michelle Soriano, ABS-CBN News