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Iligan Sikad

Iligan Sikad – it’s pedal powered!

Your Iligan sikad is a non-motorized bicycle modified to seat up to two more people. That’s right, for two more people.

Sikad is a Visayan term meaning the action of the foot.

It could mean either kick or pedal. But the 90’s gave a new meaning of the word and the Philippines’ sikad is born.

A sikad is a bicycle (usually the BMX type) with a sidecar attached to it.
The sidecar has a thinly cushioned bench and a cover to protect the passengers, at most two, from the heat and the rain.

You guess it right. To set the bike in motion, one need only pedal.

They are very common and popular in many areas in the Philippines. They are available anytime of day. But in Iligan, they are banned from entering jeepney routes. Rightly so or otherwise there’d be endless traffic jams.

Usually, you will find the Iligan sikad near schools and residential areas. They dominate the narrow residential streets.

Places like Tibanga, San Miguel, Villaverde, Pala-o, Canaway and Tubod are popular hot spots for sikad drivers. These Barangay areas are mainly residential.

Jeepney passengers are just too happy to take the sikad. It saves them from walking under the heat of the sun or the drenching rain. It’s like a low-end taxi.

These bikes are queued with the drivers just nearby. The Iligan sikad fare is between three to five pesos per passenger.

On a good day, a sikad driver can make between one to two hundred pesos. If the driver own the bike, he gets to keep all the monies made. If not, he has to pay for rental of the bike.

Pedal power…crucial and exhausting

The speed at which the sikad moves purely depends on the pedal power of the driver. So if you’re in a rush, you might have to choose a young driver to get you to your destination in time.

And if I may add, make sure the driver’s weight would balance yours, too. It comes in handy especially when he has to negotiate a turn. Yes, it’s a bit of a balancing act too!

To take the sikad or not.

Seriously, I think if you have a chance to ride one, why not? Riding the Pinoy rickshaw gives you a chance to be one with the local folks. So when in the Iligan, ride the sikad!

As they say, when in Rome do as the Romans do.

Do you know the best thing about a sikad? It’s both economical and environmentally friendly.

You can actually get to several destinations without spending too much and without the toxic fumes.

Last, you can easily take the Iligan sikad if you’re planning to take pictures around the city. Iligan sikad drivers are eager to take you around so you can take those special kodak moments.

When you are ready to explore more of the city’s scenic wonders, hire a taxi or a jeepney. Visit Buhanginan Hill, swim at the cool pools of Timoga, and don’t miss the Iligan beaches.
What’s in a name

Sikad to Iliganons, tricycle to others. Yes, you can find tricycles in other parts of the world. They might not call it sikad, but they look and function the same way.

Just like in the Philippines and in many parts of South Asia and Southeast Asia, tricycles are mainly used as taxis for hire – transporting people and cargo commercially. It is a job for many locals in these parts of the world.

However, in Europe, United States and Canada, tricycles are limited to personal use. In United States and Canada alone, tricycles are used by elderly and families with children for recreational, shopping, and exercise.