7 Cities that you could Bike Ride in Metro Manila within 8 hours

3 01 2016

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Saturday, 2 January 2016

Metro Manila, Philippines

If you want to see Metro Manila without the traffic for a fun and easy bike ride, consider taking the 7-city less than 43km 8-hr bike ride.

I just did the following today with Cham and Tiny, the Giant bike of B3.

ROUTE: Makati, Manila, Quezon City, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Taguig

START/END: 10am to 6pm

DISTANCE/PACE: 42.38km; 29.7km/h (18.45mph)

ROUTES WITH POINTS OF INTERESTS:

1. MAKATI. See the country’s premier financial capital. Start on Pasay Road or Arnaiz Avenue to get a glimpse of Makati. Cross Osmena Highway to Evangelista. Mind the jeepneys for they will race you though you have already shown them your hand signals.

2. MANILA. Head straight to Libertad- Taft Avenue. Stop for a second in Cartimar for a last minute bike-check (e.g. check the wheels, tires, brakes, chain, alignment, or any accessories such as odometer that you may need for the day).

Then off to F. B. Harrison towards Roxas Blvd. on Service Road for a safe ride. Enjoy the view of Star City, Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Fountain, get mesmerized with the vintage fighting ships of the Philippine Navy as you continue biking towards Manila Yacht Club side. Revel the 2km stretch of Baywalk, the seaside promenade overlooking Manila Bay. See the fisherfolks park their humble boats while they catch their food for the day. This Baywalk is a place where you could come back and see the “best sunset”. See the locals spend their day walking. Witness the underground economy selling various foods and even offering massage on the seaside!

As you reach the US Embassy, you will hit the Manila Museum and Rizal Park where the national Hero named “Jose Protacio Mercado Rizal” is standing still. Cross Katigbak Drive and pass by Manila Hotel. Continue on Bonifacio Drive, pass by Club Intramuros Golf Course. Turn right as you see Anda Circle. Then enjoy biking on the dedicated bicycle path of the “walled city” of Intramuros. It is the historic place built by the Spaniards hundreds years ago. Say “hello” to the security guards dressed as “guardia civil” around the area. Pass by Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church, San Agustin Museum. As you finish your wandering, grab a bite, go to Barbaras or Casa Marineros but make sure your pocket is padded with lots of money! Else, head straight to General Luna street then turn left as you see Luna Triangle pass by Manila City hall. Head straight to Manila Central Post Office. Take the bridge going to Sta. Cruz church. Pass by Carriedo, Rizal Avenue and turn right to Claro M. Recto Avenue pass by Mendiola, the street close to Malacanang Palace, the official residence of the President of the Philippines. Mendiola has been the site of numerous and bloody demonstrations. This is also the place that form Manila’s University Belt where colleges and universities are alongside one another. Then pass by Pureza, look down on Hipodromo St while on the bridge towards Altura, V. Mapa, SM City Sta. Mesa

3. QUEZON CITY. As you cross Araneta Avenue, you are now in the 3rd city of the day! Just go straight Aurora Blvd, cross Broadway Avenue, turn right on Gilmore as you see St. Paul University QC

4. SAN JUAN. On Gilmore, stop at Jollibee. They have a space to park your bike while you munch your simple lunch.

As I unlock my Master Lock, I noticed that my front tire was no longer properly inflated! (Sigh!) Thanks to the friendly people around the area who told us that Vulcanizing Shop is on N. Domingo! I paid 40php (<1 USD) . Then the rain started pouring! B3 and I were just waiting for the rain to stop at Los Hermanos Taco Shop near Petron . Afterwards, we continued biking on Ortigas Avenue. Passed by Santolan Avenue, Greenhills Shopping Center then crossed Edsa.

5. PASIG. We turned right to ADB Avenue, crossed Dona Julia Vargas and continued on San Miguel Avenue.

6. MANDALUYONG. Instead of taking the Edsa-Shaw flyover, we took the easy and safe side of Shaw Blvd. Then turned left on Acacia Lane, crossed Boni Avenue, continued on Primo Cruz, and the seaside of Pasig River. After hours of biking, I felt the uphill ride on Mandaluyong-Makati bridge!

From there, we were back in Makati. I was already cruising Makati Avenue, Ayala Avenue. We stopped at Rustan’s on McKinley Road to relax and eat the cupcake that my friend Jen has given me earlier. Yes, it was picnic time!

7. TAGUIG. We continued along the greenery area of 5th Ave and Lawton Avenue for a photo op of both Cham and Tiny.

Then I went back to Makati where I started and B3 to Taguig.

(NOTES: There are 17 cities in Metro Manila and majority has no dedicated bicycle path. The route is controlled by where and when you want to start. Bike ride on a holiday is preferable for a relaxed traffic regulations and no-frill bike ride. The duration vary depending on your speed. Jeepneys are the most popular and most decorative public transportation in the country.) h

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