While you’re waiting for our roads to become biker friendly, check out the spots around the Metro where you can safely bike to fitness.
Traffic in Metro Manila is getting unmanageable by the day. Thus, the proliferation of motorcycles or motorbikes on the streets, even in major thoroughfares. The bicycle, however, has not picked up to be considered as a serious means of transportation, except maybe for a couple of friends I know who bike their way to work.
But many in Metro Manila take the bike to stay fit or as part of a more extensive fitness routine.
So, where are the roads that are safe for biking? Lamudi Philippines takes a look at some recommended areas in the metro where you can stay fit by enjoying a bike ride.
The Commercial Route
It’s good that commercial and business development these days also includes suitable places for biking. These places have become ideal spaces to bike, thanks to the amount of room they’ve allocated for visitors and their resulting foot traffic, and being one of the more secure areas for leisurely activity.
1. SM Mall of Asia Complex
The MOA Complex can be a little cumbersome during peak business hours, but it is quite a place to bike around early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The main area to bike around in is Sunset Blvd., which is at the back of the Mall of Asia and faces Manila Bay.
This track is approximately 1 kilometer long. A recommended route is to go around Blue Wave then back via the Mall of Asia main street where the large globe is located. Completing the route is just a little less than 5 kilometers.
2. Bonifacio Global City
Thanks to its well-thought-out urban planning, Bonifacio Global City is able to accommodate riders with dedicated bike-lanes. All this while the area continues to increase in population and continues to develop into the leading business district that it is.
While the area can be quite large, most of it is suitable for biking despite the sizable amount of foot traffic it also receives during peak hours. A route along 38th Street, in particular, is a good place to ride as the modest route offers climbs sufficient for training.
Of course there’s nothing better than logging miles in in an area that feels homey and is devoid of the distractions that come with commercial establishments. While it may come as a surprise to those who don’t live in the region, Metro Manila actually has a number of areas that provide that community atmosphere for riding.
1. University of the Philippines Diliman Academic Oval
Looking for a space for outdoor sports activities, it’s a definite must to include the UP Diliman Academic Oval. It is one of the most ideal biking areas in the metro. With dedicated lanes for runners and bikers alike, fitness enthusiasts can alternate their training with ease in the area.
Located near the Teacher’s Village inside the community-like campus, the oval is best for a weekend ride, as the dedicated lanes expand since the road is closed to all motor vehicles every Sunday. Measuring a total circumference of 2.2 kilometers, several laps around the oval is ideal for distance training.
2. Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City
There are two ways that one can get a quick pedal workout inside Camp Aguinaldo. One is on the dirt-road racetrack found on the premises, ideal for those who are beginning to transition to mountain biking. The trails are short and technical, and are conveniently located near several food concessionaires, providing a convenient training ground for a mountain biker who can’t make it out of town.
The other way to ride in Camp Aguinaldo is to simply do so along its roads. Motor vehicles are made to maintain a modest speed limit due to their being in a camp, making it relatively safe for cyclists. Getting inside can be a little bit of a chore since proper identification is required, but a purpose is easy to provide since other cyclists do frequent the area.
Bike trails, and the surroundings in general, tend to become a little more photogenic when one moves farther out in Metro Manila. The less buildings and motor vehicles to contend with, the easier it is to ride faster, longer, and simply enjoy the activity more. There are a few notables in the outskirts and right outside the Metro Manila.
1. La Mesa Nature Reserve, Quezon City
A bike-riding story on Metro Manila cannot be done without mentioning La Mesa Nature Reserve in Quezon City. Located northeast of Quezon City near SM City Fairview, this dense forest offers over 50 kilometers of tracks, dirt roads, and fire roads that can be traversed with a bike.
Probably its stand-out feature is how one can sometimes feel like they are so far away from the metro and truly enjoy their ride in nature, yet are still actually within the confines of the region. While devoid of clutter common in the city, the reserve has toilets, bike washes, a moving refreshment stand, and other conveniences that make it a rider’s dream.
2. Filinvest City, Alabang
While it can undoubtedly be included among the top in commercial biking routes, Filinvest City separates itself from the others for the reason that it has a substantial amount of greenery for a business district, and is one that actually includes bike paths in its master plan. The area is a popular location for various running and riding events as well.
Lush landscape, tree-lined pathways, and shaded canopies, coupled with modern conveniences just a couple steps away, and Filinvest City is indeed an ideal biking location for residents and visitors. Foot and vehicular traffic may get a little heavy because it is after all a commercial district, but it is comparatively easier to ride around in compared to busier parts of Metro Manila.
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