My Tips on Biking to Work

A few months ago, I received an email from one of the readers of this blog asking about biking to work. She works in Makati and lives in Taguig. She's thinking of bike commuting and would like to know if it's safe and if I could give her some tips. Below is (more or less) my reply to her that I'd like to share with you: To be honest with you, I rarely bike to work now, but I wish I can do it more often. :) To answer your question on whether it's safe, I would say yes if you're used to biking on Metro Manila streets and know how to "read" the behavior of the vehicles on the road. If you haven't tried it, maybe you can do a dry run and ride to work on Sunday with the stuff that you're planning to bring. Here are some tips based from my learnings: 1. Bring a beater bike, if you have one. As much as possible, you want to avoid your bike being noticed by thieves. Less flashy. Try to blend in. 2. Use proper hand gestures when you

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