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Biking Locations in and round Manila – Journey Up

In comparison with many different cities all over the world, Metro Manila just isn’t a bike-friendly vacation spot. The town itself, with the city sprawl, horrible site visitors, and lack of protected and safe bicycle lanes, makes it fairly scary to discover on two wheels. Certain, you could find many areas for city biking within the metropolis however chances are high, these spots are tough to get to otherwise you’ll be uncovered to the polluted metropolis more often than not.

For individuals who need to bike safely someplace with a refreshing view of nature, there are solely a handful of locations in and close to the metro which have scenic trails and parks ultimate for biking. These are just some of the very best that I can personally advocate.

NOTE: This was initially written through the pandemic in 2020. Some areas round Metro Manila have developed higher bike lanes, whereas others have been paved over or privatized for industrial developments.

UP Diliman Campus, Quezon Metropolis

The 493-hectare campus of the College of the Philippines is a haven for joggers and cyclists. The State College is understood for its 2.2 kilometer lengthy tree-lined Educational Oval with a delegated bikers’ and runners’ lane, among the best locations to do rounds within the metropolis on any sort of motorcycle.

On Sundays, the complete space is closed off to motorized automobiles so it’s a prime vacation spot for runners, bikers, longboard skaters and households who simply need to benefit from the shade of the bushes.

Other than circling the oval, you too can discover quite a lot of huge grassy areas and hidden trails across the campus together with behind The Science Complicated, Heartbreak Hill, College Avenue Pump Monitor and Lagoon space.

Factors of curiosity in UP embrace the Oblation statue, UP Vargas Museum, public artwork installations, avenue meals and avenue artwork. Seasonal sights embrace the fireplace bushes (summer time), sunflowers planted alongside the College Avenue throughout commencement season and the Lantern Parade (Christmas). Sadly, the UP Bike Trails, the 2 quick XC tracks close to the Faculty of Human Kinetics (CHK) which used to function a venue of varied races and bike occasions, has been became a baseball area.


  • Entrance price: None
  • Bikes for hire: None. Carry your personal. The campus has a Bikeshare system for his or her classic commuter bikes the place you possibly can join free (however I feel that is just for college students).
  • Hours: The UP Diliman campus is open each day 24/7. The tutorial oval is closed to motorized site visitors on Sundays.
  • What makes it nice for bikers: Lovely surroundings and pure environment, devoted bike lanes, bike parking, a lot of bike-friendly spots to eat
  • The place to eat: There are a number of locations for bikers to eat or purchase meals contained in the UP Diliman campus together with Gyud Meals Hub and Mang Larry’s Isawan close to the Faculty of Fantastic Arts; Artwork Circle Cafe and ROC inside Bahay ng Alumni; Nomu Cafe, Rodic’s Diner, and Snack Shack throughout the Bahay ng Alumni; College Resort which has a espresso store, bar and resto; plus the entire of JP Rizal Avenue, which is lined with budget-friendly eateries. You may as well discover few meals parks and many restos within the close by Maginhawa space the place you possibly can carry your bikes.

Quezon Memorial Circle

The Quezon Memorial Circle or QMC is a nationwide park positioned inside a big site visitors circle referred to as the Elliptical Highway in Quezon Metropolis. QMC is understood primarily for the 66-meter tall mausoleum containing the stays of Manuel L. Quezon, the second official President of the Philippines, which is the primary landmark of town.

The QMC serves as the primary park of town, housing a shrine, museums, playgrounds, picnic cottages, and open areas for relaxation and recreation. The city park options a number of smaller gardens inside its grounds together with a flower backyard, a tropical backyard, and a demo city farm.

Other than being a refreshing place to jog, stroll and go biking and have picnics, QMC can also be an amazing place to purchase crops together with potted herbs, decorative crops, succulents, and different dwelling gardening necessities. A brand new Elevated Panorama Promenade is at the moment being constructed to attach Quezon Memorial Shrine to Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Heart, which is one thing to stay up for.


  • Entrance price: None
  • Bikes for hire: Bikes can be found for hire on the QMC bicycle station.
  • Hours: Open from 5:00 am to eight:00 p,
  • What makes it nice for bikers: Stress-free pure surroundings and environment. Bike ramps on stairs. To securely cross the street by bike, use the underpass from Quezon Metropolis Corridor which now has bike ramps. Numerous benches and picnic tables to relaxation. Some bike-friendly restos.
  • The place to eat: There are many meals stalls inside QC Circle together with CocoBistro (a resto that serves Coconut-based dishes and helps coconut farmers) and Simply Espresso, a brand new al fresco espresso store. You may as well discover a number of eating places together with Max’s, Aristocrat, Kamameshi Home, and Tropical Hut.

Marikina River Park

The Marikina River Park is a system of parks, trails & open areas alongside an 11-kilometer (6.8 mi) stretch of the Marikina River within the japanese a part of Metro Manila.

This city riverside park covers an space of 220 hectares (540 acres) working via a number of villages. For the reason that primary walkways are closed off to motorized automobiles, this presents a protected and refreshing space to get some train and contemporary air.

Yow will discover a brief tree-shaded bike path right here with statues of various animals and recreations of iconic landmarks from across the nation. A pleasant addition to the realm (put up throughout Christmas 2019) is a set of 16 Mosaic Artwork shows of nature scenes constituted of supplies like glass tiles, bottle caps, stones, plastic bottles, foam bits, slippers, plastic clothespins & extra.

Nonetheless, as of April 2024, some sections of the Marikina Riverbanks had been broken by a storm whereas others are now not accessible as a consequence of river dredging.


  • Entrance price: None
  • Bikes for hire: Bikes can be found for hire on the Marikina Riverbanks space
  • Hours: Open day by day
  • What makes it nice for bikers: Scenic riverside routes, bike lanes, a lot of bike-friendly cafes, public bike parking spots, pocket parks to relaxation
  • The place to eat: There are a number of picnic tables and cottages alongside the river banks and goto-type stalls alongside the river banks catering to bikers. Some notable eating places close by embrace Mama Chit’s, Sundays and Rustic Mornings close to the Marikina Footwear Museum. Different bike-friendly spots embrace Greg & Sally’s Tree Cafe and quite a few bike-friendly cafes across the aspect streets.

The Bike Playground at Circulo Verde

Hidden proper within the metropolis accessible by C-5 close to Eastwood and Libis is The Bike Playground in Circulo Verde. That is the nation’s first internationally-designed indoor bike park, which has a world-class pump monitor, a 1-km lengthy out of doors path and a child’s path.

The spotlight right here is the internationally designed pump monitor, constructed by Velosolutions headed by Swiss mountain biker Claudio Caluori. Not like different pump tracks, this one has a roof which makes it a great biking vacation spot even within the wet season. The pump monitor is manufactured from asphalt, giving tires extra traction.

The out of doors path could be very quick, however well-designed and presents a number of twists, ramps and jumps for a fast path biking repair. Bikers can carry their very own mountain bikes appropriate for the path and pump monitor, however in addition they have bikes for hire. There’s a bathe room and lounge for bikers and many bike parking areas close to the eating places. For the reason that space is secluded, not quite a lot of automobiles move right here, making it protected for teenagers to bike on the street.


  • Entrance price: P100 per hour
  • Bikes for hire: YES. Mountain bikes and pump monitor bikes can be found for hire at P500 for two hours, whereas kiddie bikes price P350 for two hours.
  • Working hours: The Bike Playground is open from 7:00 AM to eight:00 PM Monday to Sunday.
  • What makes it nice for bikers: Availability of motorcycle rental, bathe room, lounge for bikers, bike parking close to eating places
  • The place to eat: There are a number of locations for bikers to eat in Calle Industria inside the similar advanced together with McDonald’s, Chef & Brewer, Kambal Pandesal and Chill Prime Bar. Eastwood, Libis and the newly developed Bridgetown and Parklinks areas (which I’ve but to discover) are additionally very close to.

Intramuros, Manila

Intramuros is the oldest district and historic core in Manila, Philippines. It’s the one district of Manila the place you possibly can see previous Spanish-era structure.

It’s additionally one of many few locations within the metro the place you possibly can really hire bicycles and go on bike excursions. Plus, you get to make use of Bamboo Bicycles crafted by a social enterprise.

For first-timer overseas guests who desire a fast tour of the historic sights within the metropolis, this can be a good possibility. The route is usually paved, however you’ll be biking via cobblestone streets and a few scenic areas like Fort Santiago, a well-maintained park, the Baroque San Agustin Church and Manila Cathedral. As of 2024, higher bike lanes inside the space are being developed.

There’s a community of motorcycle lanes and pedestrian walkways being constructed as a part of the Pasig River Esplanade, with scenic areas behind the Manila Central Submit Workplace and good lanes crossing Jones Bridge and the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge.

TIP: Bambike additionally presents Bamboo Bike Excursions in numerous elements of town like Poblacion, BGC and presents bike leases in different places (Corregidor, Iloilo, Bohol, Baler, and many others.)


  • Bikes for hire: YES. P100 per Bambike per hour (no information)
  • Bike Excursions: Intramuros Expertise, a 2.5 hour lengthy tour to go to 10 key websites (P1,200 per particular person). The worth is inclusive of motorcycle & helmet rental, bottled water and entrance charges. The Specific Tour is a 1 hour tour the place you possibly can select your personal journey for P600 per particular person per hour
  • Tour schedule: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm and three:00 pm – 5:30 pm.
  • What makes it nice for bikers: Availability of motorcycle leases, bike lanes, parks, stunning historic buildings serving as nice photograph backdrops, bridges, bike parking, bike equipment on the market on the Bambike HQ, some bike-friendly cafes
  • The place to eat: There are a number of bike-friendly locations to eat in Intramuros together with Barbara’s, Cafe Intramuros and Batala Bar inside the Plaza San Luis Complicated close to the headquarters of Bambike. Different suggestions the place you possibly can park bikes safely embrace Ilustrado Restaurant, Belfry Cafe and Papa Kape inside Fort Santiago.

La Mesa Nature Reserve, Quezon Metropolis

La Mesa Watershed Nature Reserve is a forest reserve with multi-use trails positioned northeast of Quezon Metropolis close to SM Metropolis Fairview. It surrounds the La Mesa Reservoir, which is the supply of a lot of the consuming water of Manila. Take notice that that is totally different from La Mesa Eco Park.

NOTE: La Mesa Nature Reserve and Laa Mesa Eco Park are at the moment closed, however they’re set to reopen in June 2024 beneath the administration of MWSS.

Also known as the final remaining rainforest in Metro Manila, La Mesa Watershed Nature Reserve presents 52 kilometers of fantastic mountain single tracks, dust roads and firetracks all inside a dense forest.  La Mesa presents nice trails for each novices and superior riders. It’s a widespread venue for bike races and duathlons. Carry a hydration pack with path meals sufficient to final you for half a day if you happen to plan to bike right here..


  • Entrance Charge: P200 per particular person for a minimal group of 5 (or P1000 per group) plus P200 per extra rider. In case your group has fewer than 5 riders, you continue to should pay P1000. Reservations are required to bike right here.
  • Bikes for hire: None. Carry your personal.
  • Services: Rest room, rescue automobiles, bike wash (P50.00)
  • Hours: Open 6:00 a.m. to five:00 p.m. each day apart from Christmas and New 12 months. In addition they shut the place throughout occasions so name them first earlier than making any plans.
  • What makes it nice for bikers: Lovely pure surroundings and enjoyable environment, protected place to bike away from site visitors
  • The place to eat: There is no such thing as a place to eat inside La Mesa Nature Reserve, so carry your personal packed meals/snacks and drinks. Typically, roving distributors inside promote gentle snacks & drinks on the Kawayanan space.
  • For inquiries, name Bantay Kalikasan at:(02)410.9670 (02)415.2272 loc 4551 (Bantay Kalikasan Head Workplace) or inquire instantly with Mr. Mar Zeri Ramirez at 0926.6700320 or 0908.493 8239. For more information, go to: the Bantay Kalikasan web site.

Heroes Bike Path, Taguig

Nestled proper smack between C-5 and BGC is Heroes Path, a brief cross nation monitor positioned inside a navy camp. It’s really positioned contained in the Libingan ng mga Bayani compound, a cemetery. In accordance with bikers who frequent the realm, it’s fairly well-maintained, low cost and comparatively straightforward to get to for individuals who dwell within the space.

The Heroes Path might be ridden by riders of all ability ranges – from Downhill riders to newbies. It’s a great coaching floor for individuals who dwell within the space and is used as a venue for biking occasions like Bike Demo Day.


  • Entrance price: P50 pesos (you possibly can trip all day)
  • Bikes for hire: None. Carry your personal.
  • Services: Restroom, bike parking, generally drinks and bike accessories are offered by distributors
  • Hours: Open from 5:30 am 5:00 pm day by day
  • The place to eat: Typically distributors arrange meals stalls throughout bike occasions, nevertheless it’s finest to carry your personal snacks or drinks.

C-6 Bike Lane, Taguig

The C-6 or Circumferential Highway-6 Bike Lane is a part of the Laguna Lake Freeway, a thoroughfare connecting Paranaque to the Metropolis of Taguig, Pasig, and the municipality of Taytay in Rizal. Whereas the primary freeway continues to be beneath development, there are some parts which can be already open to cyclists and runners together with a 3-meter huge bike lane and a 1.5 meter huge sidewalk.

It might be a few years earlier than the entire route turns into totally operational, however this lakeside route appears to be like like a promising biking vacation spot and shortcut to the areas within the South like Alabang, Paranaque and Muntinlupa.


  • Entrance price: None
  • Bikes for hire: None. Carry your personal.
  • Services: Bike lane

Timberland Mountain Bike Park, Rizal

Mt. Maarat in Timberland Heights is sometimes called the mountain biking capital of the nation, providing a wide range of purpose-built mountain biking trails. Technically, it’s now not in Manila, nevertheless it’s close to sufficient for a day trip. The park reopened in 2024, launching 12 trails with various levels of problem—that includes single-track, drops, rollers, and berms.

This space in San Mateo, Rizal simply on the outskirts of town was a daily coaching floor for path runners, mountaineers, and mountain bikers. Bikers coming from the metro often handed via Marikina to entry the primary entrance of Timberland Heights.

Bikers who need to take a look at their endurance uphill can scale “The Wall”, a 2 kilometer-long paved street ascending as much as the gates of Timberland. There’s additionally “Shotgun”, a good harder and longer climb that you may bike to without spending a dime. However you possibly can skip that and go on to the technical trails (which has a separate entrance price) by bringing your mountain bikes up by automotive.

Pattern the paths full of fireside roads and singletracks on the Inexperienced Zone, Blue Zone and Black Diamond. Different factors of curiosity right here embrace the pine tree-lined avenue of the Roxas Fundamental Path, the Ten Commandments Statue in Mt. Sinai and the Sandugo BaseKamp Path and Pump Monitor.


  • Entrance price: None. No reservations required to bike at Timberland Heights. Simply depart your ID on the guardhouse. Beginning February 10, 2024, a day move now prices P550 per rider
  • Parking price: P30.00 close to the Timberland Sports activities and Nature Membership. Free if you happen to park your automobiles earlier than heading up The Wall.
  • Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 7am to 4pm, with the final entry at 1pm.
  • Bikes for hire: YES. Bike rental is offered on the Journey Farm in Timberland Heights for P100/head per hour inclusive of security gear, with an extra P50 for succeeding hours. I additionally was in a position to borrow a Sandugo Brusko unit at BaseKamp Biker’s Pit Cease one time however most bikers carry their very own bikes.
  • What makes it nice for riders: Great nature trails, surroundings, presence of motorcycle outlets and bike-friendly cafes. Bike equipment are generally offered alongside the street throughout weekends
  • The place to eat: Aling Tina’s, All Terra Biking Store and Cafe, Marc’s Retailer, Bikers Cafe, Ka Vergel, Large Retailer, Camp Sandugo, Phillip’s Sanctuary, Pestano Farm and different smaller eateries.

Eastridge, Rizal

Beforehand, Antenna Hill was one other biking vacation spot in a city on the outskirts of town close to sufficient for a day journey. Positioned in Tayuman, Binangonan, Rizal, getting up the hill concerned a really difficult ascent, however when you get to the highest, you possibly can take pleasure in steep tracks and drops that are widespread with downhill riders.

Other than the downhill bike trails, this biking vacation spot had quite a lot of bonus areas you possibly can discover together with a Thunder Path.

Whereas I’m not sure if these trails are nonetheless accessible as of 2024, you possibly can nonetheless go to the historic Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs and take a tour of the artwork galleries and eating places in Angono.


  • Entrance Charge: None.
  • Bikes for hire: None. Carry your personal.
  • NOTE: Since this can be a non-public subdivision, you’ll want to depart an ID on the gate to get in.
  • The place to eat: Quite a lot of new cafes have popped up within the space together with ArtSector Gallery and Cafe, Espresso Rush and Cafe Giya. Different choices embrace Nemiranda Artwork Home and Balaw-Balaw Unique Restaraunt in Angono (earlier than heading as much as Eastridge)

Rodriguez, Rizal

Although Tanay in Rizal presents extra scenic and exquisite biking locations, it will possibly take some time to bike all the way in which there.

For individuals who have restricted time or need one thing nearer (for a half-day biking journey), there’s Rodriguez (previously referred to as Montalban), the northernmost city of the neighboring province of Rizal. It’s comparatively close to town, however brings you near a surprisingly scenic view of mountains.

One of many widespread vacationer spots you possibly can bike to is Wawa Dam, a gravity dam constructed over the Marikina River located within the 360-meter excessive Montalban Gorge or Wawa Gorge, a water hole within the Sierra Madre Mountains, simply east of Manila. The rocky river dam is a well-liked vacation spot for swimming, mountain biking and mountain climbing.


  • Entrance Charge: None
  • Bikes for hire: None. Carry your personal.
  • Hours: Open 24 hours
  • The place to eat: There are many small eateries close by, however don’t anticipate something fancy. Wawa is a well-liked spot for picnics amongst locals who often carry their very own meals.

Nuvali, Laguna

Nuvali is a 2,290 hectare master-planned residential, industrial and leisure growth advanced positioned in Sta. Rosa, Calamba, Laguna. Nuvali has a great community of paved roads and designated bike paths that provide quite a lot of alternatives for leisurely street biking.

Beforehand, it provided an in depth bike tracks and a path system, which included roughly 50 km of off-road biking and working trails. Sadly, as of April 2024, a few of the mountain bike trails are now not accessible as a consequence of new developments within the space.

Nuvali was the venue for Nuvali Filth Weekend, one of many greatest and most anticipated mountain biking occasions within the nation. On common days, bikers who carry their very own mountain bikes can take pleasure in going across the flowy singletrack and scenic cross-country driving with contemporary air and nice views.


  • Entrance Charge: Free for individuals who carry their very own bikes.
  • Bikes for hire: Highway bikes can be found for hire for P60/hour. It’s essential current a legitimate ID and signal a waiver earlier than renting street bikes in Nuvali. Bikers have to put on helmets (supplied) always. Put on correct closed footwear (sandals and slippers aren’t allowed).
  • Services: Bike parking, bike trails, pump monitor (particular occasions solely)
  • Hours: Open day by day from Monday to Sunday 8:00 am to five:00 pm
  • The place to eat: There are many locations to eat in Nuvali from quick meals joints to nice eating restos.

Different Bike Trails / Locations in and close to Manila

  • Camp Aguinaldo Bike Path – closed
  • Bathala Bike Park – closed
  • Fort Bonifacio Military MTB Path
  • Filinvest Bike Path in Alabang, Muntinlupa
  • Vermosa Expertise Bike Park, Daang Hari, Cavite
  • Twin Lakes Mountain Bike Path, Tagaytay

NOTE: Further photographs from Exterior Slacker. Try his web page for extra biking sources.