cycling in the Philippines

Want to start biking? The National Bike Organization can help you out

Amanda T. Lago
Want to start biking? The National Bike Organization can help you out

CITY BIKING. Two riders bike on a street in Manila.

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The NBO offers bike lessons and beginner-friendly group rides to help newbie riders get used to going around on two wheels

Biking is a great way to get around, but Metro Manila’s mean streets can be more than a little intimidating – especially for new riders.

The National Bike Organization (NBO) has several programs for new and aspiring bikers, including regular bike lessons in several venues across Metro Manila: Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, Robinsons Manila in Ermita, Robinsons Metro East in Pasig, and Robinsons Magnolia in Quezon City.

Bikes will be provided by the NBO, but those who have a bike can use their own. They keep lessons on one-on-one basis, so walk-ins are discouraged. It costs P300 for a two-hour lesson, and registration can be done on their website. As of June 14, minors are temporarily not allowed to take lessons.

Group ride

If you already know how to bike but want to gain more confidence on the road, NBO is also hosting monthly beginner-friendly group rides, with the next one to be held on Saturday, July 17.

The ride will take participants around several destinations around Manila, and while it’s held especially for new riders, it’s also open to experienced bikers who want to see Manila sights with a group. The ride will begin at Robinsons Place Manila, and will include stops at Luneta Park, Manila City Hall, and Quiapo Church.

Only 15 slots are available per ride, and registration is done on their website. As of this writing, all slots have been taken for Saturday, but details for upcoming rides will be announced on their website soon. 

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Amanda T. Lago

After avoiding long-term jobs in favor of travelling the world, Amanda finally learned to commit when she joined Rappler in July 2017. As a lifestyle and entertainment reporter, she writes about music, culture, and the occasional showbiz drama. She also hosts Rappler Live Jam, where she sometimes tries her best not to fan-girl on camera.