Because of the seemingly never-ending quarantine, bikes have become a necessity for many as a mode of transportation and a hobby for some. Biking around the metro is fun and stressful at the same time, especially for new riders. (Read: Biking 101: Traffic Rules and Etiquette for New Bikers)
And because many Filipinos have been considering biking, the National Bicycle Organization (NBO) offers several programs for new and aspiring bikers, including bike rentals, bike tune-up, and regular bike lessons in several locations in Metro Manila such as Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, Robinsons Manila in Ermita, Robinsons Metro East in Pasig, and Robinsons Magnolia in Quezon City.
NBO will provide bikes to its students, but those who already have a bike can use their own. The lessons are conducted on a one-on-one basis, so walk-ins are discouraged. Interested bikers or enrollees should register through NBO’s website. It costs PHP 300 for a two-hour session. Minors are temporarily not allowed to take lessons for health and safety purposes. (Read: The Types of Bike That Fit Your Need, as Explained by a Cyclist)
Good news for cycling enthusiasts! The organization with Robinsons Place Manila is holding a beginner-friendly bike tour and group rides on July 17.
The assembly area is at the Robinsons Place Manila’s Bike Repair Station near the main entrance. The tour will begin at 4 p.m. for a 7.4 km ride around Metro Manila. Participants are encouraged to arrive early before 4 p.m. for a short orientation, lesson, and a time to check their bikes to ensure safety.
The bike tour will take the participants on a fun ride, where they can explore some sights in Manila, including the National Museum of the Philippines, Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila City Hall, Quiapo Church, Luneta Park, Manila Cathedral, and Plaza Roma in Intramuros. The participants will be back at Robinsons Place Manila by 6 p.m.
There are only 15 slots available per ride. Details and more slots for future rides will be announced on their website soon. For more updates and information, visit their website or Facebook. (Read: Catriona Gray, Sam Milby Donate 50 Bikes to Gretchen Ho’s Initiative)
The bike tour is open to the public, and participants must follow the implemented health protocols in every location.