Seoul will be holding Riding Seoul 2019, the global bicycle festival where Korean and foreign bicycle riders campaign for safety, riding from Gwanghwamun Square to Peace Square of Olympic Park, starting at 9 a.m. on November 10 (Sun.).
The event will become an opportunity to raise the status of “Seoul, the City of Bicycles” as, for the first time in the country, foreigners visiting or living in the city are allowed to participate. Users of “Ttareungyi,” the public share bike, can also participate in the event.
Riding Seoul 2019 is not a race in which people compete with speed, but rather it is a chance to make downtown Seoul a place in which to ride bicycles safely while also being a safety culture campaign to enjoy with family. Participants will be divided into advanced, intermediate, and beginner groups to ride bicycles while enjoying the late fall of downtown Seoul.
Participants can have their bicycles checked for safety before departing from Gwanghwamun Square and should make sure to stretch before riding. It will be an opportunity to ride safely along roads that are normally filled with cars. Upon arrival at the Peace Square in Olympic Park, riders can enjoy cultural performances and prize lotteries.
Eligible applicants are those of 15 years of age or older who can complete the parade’s 19-km course on a bicycle while wearing safety gear, such as a helmet. Those who do not have a bicycle may rent “Ttareungyi” and borrow safety gear in order to take part in the event.
What makes the event unique is the participation of over 300 foreigners who have fallen in love with the charms of Seoul, the world’s city of bicycles. There will be preliminary events, such as “Touring Seoul on Ttareungyi,” for these participants.