Monday, April 10, 2006

 

LOOK AT MY BIKE LOG: BIKE-FRIENDLY ESTABLISHMENTS

1. Robinson’s Galleria
It tops my list kasi dito ako madalas. Merong guarded, open-air parking kasama ng mga motor sa tapat, malapit lang sa EDSA Shrine. Marami ring naka-park du’n kaya mukhang safe naman ang sasakyan mo. Libre.

Love ko talaga Galleria kasi libre pa ang wi-fi rito. Maganda pa sinehan. May Tater’s, may Mary Grace, Pancake House, Netopia (‘pag nagloloko wi-fi nila), magagandang cinema, magkaka-Toys R’ Us pa! Hands down, the best mall for me.

2. Robinson’s Metro East
Sa basement ang parking ng bikes at motor. Shielded ‘to sa matinding sikat ng araw at sa ulan. May guards at libre rin.

3. Blue Wave Marikina
Siyempre pa, this is the city that brought you the bike lanes and bike racks all over. Open-air nga lang ang paradahan. Libre.

Maganda rin daw sinehan dito though ‘di ko pa nata-try. May Starbucks, Superbowl of China, Yellow Cab…Sosyal na ang aking beloved hometown!

4. Megamall
May mga bike racks sa paradahan ng mga motor in each of the buildings, du’n sa side ng Podium at San Miguel. From there puwede ka nang lumipat ng Podium, EDSA Shang, St. Francis. Open-air nga lang ‘to. May guards. Libre.

5. Marikina Riverbanks
Maraming bike racks sa paligid. May guards. Libre. Ayos ‘to!

And now the worst…

• Eastwood City
Used to be a good place for cyclists tapos ito pa ang nearest mall from my place. Puwedeng mag-chain sa covered parking lot kaso dito ko nga lang na-experience mawalan ng helmet. Kinuha pala ng guard para hindi ako umalis agad at nang masingil ako ng twenty pesos na parking fee for bikes.

Now I wouldn’t mind paying a twenty-peso flat rate for a covered, guarded parking space if only there were bike racks. Sa iba nga libre may maayos na bike rack, dito sa Eastwood mag-i-improvise ka pa ng pagkakadehan mo (sa mga signs, sa mga poste).

• Gateway Mall
This has got to be cyclist’s hell! Bawal ang bike dito - at sa buong Araneta Center. Hello??? Cubao pa rin ‘to, noh!!!
Philippine Everest Team member Noelle Wenceslao was once mauled by guards for riding here. They tried to take her bike away. Mga gago.

• Harbor Square, CCP Complex
Isa pa’tong pretentious establishment. Building ng Pancake House, Tapa King, Mocha Blends sa tabi ng CCP Parking Lot, facing the bay where people row and sail, fronting a known jogging and biking area. Pero bawal ang bike dito sa mumunting enclave na’to. Ang susungit pa ng guards. OK lang sila???

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