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Bamboo zip bike: the newest attraction at Ugong Rock, Puerto Princesa

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A bike with a frame made out of bamboo is now the newest attraction at Ugong Rock in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

The bamboo zip bike adventure allows thrill-seeking visitors to explore the breathtaking scenery in Ugong Rock using a bike made out of bamboo on a 250 meter long high-wire suspended at about 90 feet from the ground. The bamboo zip bike adventure is now one of the most popular activities in the city along with two more traditional ziplines. It is usually included in tour packages offered by various travel agencies and has made headlines as the first tourist spot offering an environmental-friendly cycling adventure.

Ugong Rock, found in Brgy. Tagabinet, Puerto Princesa City is one of the go-to places of tourists and is known for its spelunking and zipline adventures. It prides itself as an ecotourism spot and a front runner in sustainable tourism in the province. The place is run by the Ugong Rock multi-purpose cooperative, an organized group of indigenous peoples (IPs) in Palawan along with the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation.

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The bamboo zip bike adventure was introduced to the public in Ocotber 2016. It was inspired by the first-ever zip bike launched in Bohol but comes with a twist.

Through the Department of Science and Technology’s flagship program small enterprise technology upgrading program (SETUP), the Ugong Rock MPC was able to start the pioneering project delivering sustainable livelihood and opportunities to the people in their community. They were able to acquire zip bike facilities such as bike lanes, cable wires, harness, and handmade bamboo bikes. With the assistance from KawayanTech in San Jose, Tarlac, bamboo bike frames with two support cords, for safety, were hand made for the bamboo zip bike adventure setup. KawayanTech is a company whose vision is to promote a lifestyle of health and sustainability using bamboo as an alternative and appropriate community-based technology with practical applications.

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In addition to providing the tourists an unforgettable experience, Ugong Rock focuses on developing activities that raise environmental awareness and promotes sustainable management of natural resources.

By: DOST MIMAROPA