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On riding bicycles slowly

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I saw this interesting article on cycling/biking that I thought was quite relevant to the situation we have on campus. The University of the Philippines Diliman campus has a bike lane along the inner side of its Academic Oval that has been used by various cyclist types. There are those who use their bikes for commuting or going around campus (e.g., students traveling between buildings for their classes, messengers bringing documents, etc.). There are those biking in a more relaxed manner (i.e., for recreation). And then there are those who bike for fitness including those racing around the oval. It is from the latter that UP Diliman has received complaints about conflicts with joggers, motor vehicles and fellow cyclists. But then UP has maintained that the bike lane is not for racing or taking laps around the oval. It was created to have a segregated (and in the future maybe protected) lane to enhance mobility more than any other purpose.

Babin, T. (2018) “How to ride a bike slowly (and why you would want to),” Medium.com, https://medium.com/shifter/how-to-ride-a-bike-slowly-and-why-you-would-want-to-b544ec869846 [Last accessed: 2/4/2018].

UP Diliman’s Academic Oval now features a bike lane between a jogging/walking lane and the lanes assigned for motorised traffic. The ice cream vendor on a NMT 3-wheeler is running on the bike lane.


2 Comments

  1. STREETLIFE says:

    like this one. reminds me of my very long position paper on a bikelane ordinance (i attached a copy). 😀 😀 😀 i was forced to insist that biking is a form of transport, first and foremost … though it can be used for exercise, too, and to save the environment, ha ha ha

    Nigel Paul C. Villarete

    *streetlife * … *”everyday life for ordinary people” *

    On Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 3:41 PM, Caught (up) in traffic wrote:

    > d0ctrine posted: “I saw this interesting article on cycling/biking that I > thought was quite relevant to the situation we have on campus. The > University of the Philippines Diliman campus has a bike lane along the > inner side of its Academic Oval that has been used by various” >

    • d0ctrine says:

      We had to reply to the letters by and individual and a cycling group stating the bike lane was for everyone and not for the exclusive use of people racing around the oval (the wording of their letters heavily suggested that the lane was for their use).

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