Bicycle Commuting

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Pedaling is speedier in Manila’s rush hour

Here is an honest and spontaneous depiction of folks using bicycles for commuting on major roads of Metro Manila which I took from inside a vehicle while traveling to work. It appears that there are more bicycle commuters now than in the past but still the numbers are too insignificant for urban planners to provide lanes for bicycle commuting, and for private establishments to provide bicycle commuting-friendly provisions such as parking, shower rooms, or lockers. Also, bicycle commuters are still not that numerous enough for motorized vehicles to get used to them on the road.

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If ideal provisions are provided, then probably hundreds will pedal to work thus easing traffic congestion. Otherwise, if it will be seen that there are already significant number of bicycle commuters on the road, then probably Metro Manila will evolve to provide provisions. It’s a chicken and egg scenario.

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Cycling can be precarious in Edsa

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His preference is the center line

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Sharing the rightmost lane with motorized vehicles

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Stopping at the center of the road

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Some wear helmets, some do not

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Single file to lessen life threatening risks

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It’s better to pedal than ride an overloaded jeepney

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