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  • Amid the Ttareungyi public bicycle rental program reaching 30,000 bicycles, Seoul will host

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    a monthly bicycle-riding campaign from May to November under the theme, Biking through Seoul, to further promote bicycle use and heighten safety awareness.

    For this year’s inaugural event, Seoul is recruiting 1,000 participants on a first-come, first-served basis for the 1st Annual Seoul Bicycle Parade on May 12, 2019, via the Seoul Metropolitan Government website (http://seoul.go.kr).

    The 1st Annual Bicycle Parade will kick off at 8 a.m. on May 12th at Cheonggye Plaza. The 6-kilometer, 50-minute course, including bicycle-only sections, will run through the south Jongno roadway, around Dongdaemun (Heunginjimun) Gate, down the Cheonggyecheon-ro bicycle-only lane, and into Cheonggye Plaza.

    The Bicycle Parade is not a competition for speed, but rather, a part of a travel campaign promoting the safe coexistence of bicycles and vehicles on the road. As participants will ride in advanced, intermediate, and novice courses, they can enjoy the spring breeze while riding with ease.

    Participants can receive bicycle safety inspections at Cheonggye Plaza, the starting point. Following a brief collective stretching session, the parade is set to commence, and once participants have returned to Cheonggye Plaza, completing the course, they can enjoy a photo zone, a Ttareungyi experiential zone, and various cultural performances.

    Participants must be over the age of fifteen, able to complete the 6-km course, and have bicycles, helmets, and other safety gear in hand on the day of the event. Those without personally-owned bicycles are free to rent a Ttareungyi bicycle at the Cheonggye Plaza, starting from 7 a.m. on the day of the parade with the appropriate safety gear ready to participate.

    Recruitment of Participants for 1st Annual 2019 Seoul Bicycle Parade

    • Summary
      • ○ Date & Time: May 12 (Sun.), 2019, starting 8 a.m.
      • ○ Location: Cheonggye 1(il)ga (starting point)  Jongno  Cheonggyecheon-ro  Cheonggye Plaza (finishing point) – Total distance of 6 km
      • ○ Programs: Opening ceremony, bicycle parade, photo zone, etc.
      • ○ Participants: Limited to 1,000 on a first-come, first-served basis [Users of personal bicycles and public bicycles (Ttareungyi)]
      • ○ Requirements: 1) Any resident over the age of 15,
        2) Must have a bicycle (including Ttareungyi rental)
        3) Must have helmet and other safety gear
        4) Must be able to safely complete 6-km course
      • ○ Participant Groups: 1) Group A (Advanced) – Those able to ride over one hour at a speed of 25 km/h
        2) Group B (Intermediate) – Those able to ride over one hour at a speed of 20 km/h
        3) Group C (Beginner) – Those wanting to ride at speed slower than mentioned above
      • ○ Application Details
        • – Application Period: First-come, first-served recruitment starting 9 a.m. on April 11 (Thurs.), 2019
        • – Number of Participants: 1,000
        • – Where to Apply: Apply via the SMG website (http://seoul.go.kr)
        • – How to Apply: Fill out required items after carefully reading over precautionary notes
    • Program Details (Draft)
      Program Details (Draft)
      Venue Plan Time Detailed Contents
      Cheonggye Plaza

      Gather at starting point


      Gather at Cheonggyecheon-ro (Cheonggye 1(il)ga)

      Starting countdown, Photographs


      Photo before starting



      Cheonggye 1(il)ga (heading toward Jongno-gu Office entrance junction)

      Ride on north lane (two-way lane)


      Jongno 1(il)ga → Jongno 5(o)ga

      Reduce to north lane (one-way lane)


      Jongno 5(o)ga → Dongdaemun Gate

      Turn-around point


      Dongdaemun Gate →Cheonggyecheon-ro

      Ride south (bicycle-only lanes)


      Cheonggyecheon-ro (Gwangtonggyo Bridge)

      Estimated arrival


      Cheonggye Plaza

      Event completion


      Optional participation in small-scale, cultural events, photo zone, and more