Friday, January 25, 2013

Mass Up Dumaguete!

Bike enthusiasts gathered for the first Critical Mass cycling ride on the streets of Dumaguete, Friday, January 25.  I organized the event similar to other Critical Mass groups from Seattle and Chicago which I have been a part.  Rallying for healthy and environmentally safe mode of transportation goes against the grain here in Dumaguete, where motorbikes and pedicabs rule the road.

Keeping in tradition of other Critical Mass rides, the group met at 5:30pm at Foundation University's main gate to ride during the peak of rush hour traffic.  The route took the mass on Jose Romero's busy highway, around Robinson's (the local shopping mall), the coastal boulevard, weaving through the commercial core and finishing at Hayahay for fish tacos and San Miguel national brew.  The first Critical Mass was a great success.  There were a total of 15 bikers enjoying a fun-ride together, welcoming the weekend, and charged to roll on for the next ride to happen Friday, February 22.

*Critical Mass is an event held on the last Friday of each month in over 300 cities world-wide for the purpose of cycling in a group and advocating for bike-friendly streets.

Above: I announce the Critical Mass message to ride in support of bike-friendly streets. Photo by Hersley-Ven Casero

Group photo of all the first-time Dumaguete massers.  Everyone was very excited! Photo by Psy Duck

Ching Amistoso and Amy Villanueva smiling big during the ride.  Props to Amy, she participated in the mass being 7 months pregnant!  Shows that the easy bike ride is good for all to join and support the cause.  Photo by Hersley-Ven Casero.

This shot shows Dumaguete's city seal along the famous coastal boulevard.  Photo by Hersley-Ven Casero.

Skateboarders even came along for the ride while we were passing through the Silliman Campus.  Photo by Hersley-Ven Casero.

We finish at Haya Hay. Group Photo by Psy Duck.

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