THE town of San Fabian is being proposed as the cycling capital of. Pangasinan.
The proposal was made by Fourth District Board Member Liberato Villegas during the last virtual session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, citing the growing number of bikers and cycling enthusiasts from various parts of the province assembling in San Fabian every weekend.
Villegas said San Fabian is endowed with numerous mountain terrains ideal for biking, particularly a mountain trail up in Barangay Immalog Sur with a Bikers’ Den at the end of the trail developed by Fourth District Christopher de Venecia.
The Bikers’ Den offers a place for the bikers to rest, take their snacks and meals and has comfort rooms. Situated at a highest point in the hills of Immalog Sur, the place offers a majestic view of the Lingayen Gulf and the surrounding countryside.
However, the provincial board suggested further study on the proposed ordinance especially because other towns and cities are with the same potentials as San Fabian.
Board Member Von Mark Mendoza said the Daang Kalikasan in Mangatarem, the Daang Katutubo in Aguilar as well as the Baywalk in Lingayen and Binmaley are also ideal roads for biking and can rival the present biking potentials of San Fabian.
Mendoza sought several parameters to be observed first if the SP could make the declaration if a certain place is a cycling capital of the province, among which are the cycling tracks, and bicycle lanes. He also cited the need to refer this to the tourism department of the province.
Board Member Luis Sison said before the provincial board can declare San Fabian as the cycling capital, the initiative should originate from the municipal government, because it is usually the stakeholders who frequent the place that should be the ones to propose it.
He cited San Juan, La Union which was made as the surfing capital of La Union and Northern Philippines based on the clamors of surfers who go there often. (Leonardo Micua)
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