I’ve always like bikes. I used to be a bmx kid – assembled a very good bike from my lunch money when I was in grade school. We rode in groups and everyone was just great. Then I got into basketball in high school and forgot about bikes. After college I forgot about sports.
Now, I’m trying to get interested again in riding.
I’ve been riding since last 2010 but not really enough. The bike that I bought is not an expensive one. I’m not into the show, top of the line types. But I know of sSome people that spend a lot of money in bikes – makes them feel good so Its cool. But people can get pretty good bikes and not pay worth a month (or more) of their salary. I wanted to see more people riding bicycles. Its good for the environment and for someone like me who really needs to get in shape.
The pleasure of biking is seeing what you normally wouldn’t see in other modes of transport. The bike doesn’t take you to places, it doesn’t have a motor, your body does – you are the engine. This makes riding bikes a unique experience. When people see cyclist braving the elements, they think of them as some crazy nuts – but for me they’re great guys who probably fell in love with bikes when they were young and never got out of the fascination of riding.
Usually my rides are just around my town. Its not a lot of riding. So, I came up with some itinerary (I’m crossing my fingers) that would take me further. Now, there’s no way you can ride for hundreds of km’s if you’re not conditioned physically, and I’m not (and this is an understatement) but I figured that I can still visit a few places, 10 to 20 kms to start, with my bike and hopefully be back in good form to more extensive riding.
Unfortunately, bikes are not allowed inside commuter trains but in some parts of Europe, what people do is they take their bikes with them inside the trains. From the stations, they’ll just pedal their way to their destinations. In Singapore (Pasir Ris) there’s this big lot for parking bikes. It encourage people in that neighborhood to ride their bicycles.
Another problem here in our country is that we don;t have bike lanes. This lanes ensures the riders safety. Bike riders have to contend with motorized vehicles when they’re on the road. Since we have a lot of motorist with discipline issues – cyclist are at a very dangerous disadvantage.
A friend also said that Filipinos don’t bike as much because of the weather and pollution. True. But I think if the government can only give us the infrastructure more and more Filipinos would ride bikes like what is happening in the US now.