cycling in manila traffic is crazy. there’s no other way to put it. the jeeps, pedicabs (or sidecars), taxis and fxs are all over the place. these vehicles sharply swerve left or right just to pick up or drop off passengers. sometimes these creatures just stop in the middle of the street with no consideration for the safety of their passengers or the other vehicles behind them.
when i wrote this there are no bicycle lanes along major thoroughfares to speak of in manila. none. nil. there were designated “bike lanes” in the cultural center of the philippines (ccp) complex but that was viewed more for recreational purposes and the bike lanes lasted as long as the paint they used to make the lanes which was a handful of months.
mandaluyong has been allocating road space for use as bike lanes for quite some time now and they have been well received by the locals. but i don’t live in mandaluyong. i live in manila and i fervently hope that more can and will be done by the city to make it a little more bike friendly.