Baguio City launches car-free Session Road on Sundays

Michelle Soriano, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 18 2019 07:49 PM | Updated as of Aug 19 2019 06:36 AM

BAGUIO CITY - The local government has banned cars from plying a part of Session Road every Sunday starting today to allow pedestrians to enjoy walking along the famous road.

The uphill part of Session Road will be closed to traffic from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays starting today, August 18, the city government said.

The downhill part of the road will still be open to taxis and private vehicles.

The experimental traffic scheme is part of Mayor Benjamin Magalong’s plan to revitalize the environmental condition of Session Road.

The road is lined with coffee shops, restaurants and other shops, making it popular among tourists.

Many Baguio residents approved of the measure and said it was refreshing to see Session Road as it was years back.

“It’s good naman para ma-experience din ng mga bata yung mga ganito. Yung mga na-experience natin nung bata na maluwang ang Session,” shared Baguio resident Aya Martin who took her son on a stroll along the road.

Cab drivers, however, said they are worried that this will cause heavy traffic in adjacent roads.

A study conducted Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) revealed that 16,000 vehicles ply Session Road on Sundays.

Additional enforcers and policemen were deployed to man the traffic situation within the Central Business District.

The experimental traffic scheme will run for six months. The results and feedback from stakeholders will determine if Magalong will push through with his plans to allot the whole of Session Road for pedestrians.