12 Bike Spots In Metro Manila And In Nearby Provinces For Your Weekend Ride
Here’s a list of your new recreation (or training) ground.
The scarcity of bike lanes and accessible spaces around the Metro can be very frustrating especially for new bikers. As a newbie, learning how to ride a bike requires a safe zone that keeps your margin of error at bay. To help you, we’ve come up with a list of bike-friendly spots around the Metro and in nearby provinces so you could enjoy your ride without worries!
National Capital Region
Bonifacio Global City
Residents of Metro Manila would probably think of Bonifacio Global City first when they are asked to name a safe biking place. BGC is known for its wide roads, clean environment, and properly installed bike (and other Personal Mobility Device) lanes. Their management always works to ensure the safety of #BGCitizens. It’s the perfect urban playground!
Bikers recommend going really early in the morning to avoid people and cars, and also so you can witness the sunrise!
University of the Philippines Diliman Academic Oval, Quezon City
The UP Diliman Academic Oval is a popular hangout and workout spot of North people. It’s a 2.3-kilometer loop inside university grounds, and a lot of people go here to walk, jog, bike, and chill for the beautiful green scenery and the fresh air. We recommend you come here late in the afternoon (around 4 PM) so it’s not too hot!
Fun Fact: A bike sharing project for Iskolars was jump-started by a UP student when he was just a freshman.
Cycling while learning about the history of the Philippines? Intramuros is the place for you. Take a trip around this picturesque tourist spot and learn more about our country’s archives. Guided bike tours are also offered, including the tour fee and the rental fee for their very own bamboo bike (Bambike) plus cycling gears!
SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
SM Supermalls are taking the initiative to make their vicinity bike-friendly. As stated in this article, “SM Mall of Asia (MOA) is leading the way with bicycle lanes in the MOA Complex complete with bike-centric street signs. In addition, SM will enhance its bike parking capacity, install repair stations, a helmet depository, and bike supply and refreshment stations.” Kudos to them for doing this!
Marikina River Park, Marikina City
This recreational space is along the 11-kilometer stretch of the Marikina River. The Marikina River Park is best for biking because it has a lot of open space and a few trails! Like the UPD Academic Oval, it’s a famed spot for hanging out and working out.
The Bike Playground
Looking for a fun and cool way to cycle? The Bike Playground offers a creative indoor experience for bikers and skaters. It is located at Circulo Verde, Calle Industria, Quezon City. Entrance fee costs Php 100 per hour per person. Rentals, lessons, and coaching are also at the ready, and their crew is equipped to guide you the whole time!
You can check their Instagram page for more details and for hassle-free booking.
Antenna Hill, Rizal
Newbie mountain bikers who are into exploring off-road trails can check out this place located at Barangay San Carlos, Binangonan, Rizal. We suggest you visit this place early in the morning so you can not only enhance your biking skills, but also enjoy the scenic view!
Angat Rainforest and Eco Park, Bulacan
Looking for off-road trails outside the Metro? Angat Rainforest and Eco Park in Norzagaray, Bulacan has even more challenging ones for you. Since it lies at the Southernmost tip of the Sierra Madre mountain range, we assure you that the view is worth the sweat!
Clark Parade Grounds, Pampanga
Considered as the “BGC” of Pampanga (or the North), Clark is known to be a safe space for different types of recreational activities. The wide roads are definitely ideal for cycling. The Clark Development Corporation Parade Grounds is also home to walkers, joggers, and bikers! Late afternoon workouts and picnics here are unparalleled.
Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
While Clark is the “BGC” of the North, Nuvali represents the South. According to their website, Nuvali is the Philippines’ first and largest eco-city development at 2290 hectares. Wow! So, if you want to witness this living green project, you really should explore this place and use the bike lanes!
Aside from the commercial area, you can also check out Nuvali Bike Trail. It’s a 50-kilometer rough road cycling path you don’t want to miss out on.
Twin Lakes Mountain Bike Trail, Tagaytay
Another off-road trail in the South is the Twin Lakes Mountain Bike Trail. It’s a 2.5-kilometer loop located in a vineyard resort. Free parking spaces are also available for you. Time for you to test out your cycling skills and relish the cool weather of Tagaytay!
Last on our list but definitely not the least is the famous Laguna Loop. It’s basically the land around the lake that passes through cities, highways, mountains, and residential areas. The distance is around 200 kilometers long! This one’s for cycling veterans for sure and is known to be a challenge to bikers of the South.
Biking safety tips
In this time of pandemic, it is especially hard to move around. Cycling is one of the very few sports and recreations that you can enjoy during quarantine, as long as you still follow health protocols.
Here are some of the dos and don’ts of cycling from bikers themselves:
- ALWAYS wear your helmet. No exceptions.
- Educate yourself on road signals for cyclists.
- Study the route you’re taking (slippery or steep roads)
- Follow traffic laws -- bikes are not exempted from the rules of the road.
- Follow health protocols and proper social distancing
- Drink vitamins. Prioritize your health.
- Wear proper gear or a comfortable bike fit.
- Know how to fix and clean your bike.
- Be alert at all times.
- Don’t go too fast. Maintain proper speed.
- Don’t go to crowded areas.
- Don’t remove your mask. It may be hard to breathe but it’s for your safety.
- Don’t forget your water bottle.
- Don’t pass highways unless you’re trained.
- Don’t bike around markets or busy roads.
- Don’t assume that drivers and motorists can see you.
At the end of the day, your safety should be your number one priority. Make sure to remember these dos and don’ts the next time you ride your bike!