Quezon Avenue at 5pm Friday looks empty and very appealing
It is no secret that Metro Manila becomes the most pleasant city in the country during Holy Week. From Maundy Thursday to Black Saturday, the city becomes free of traffic, free of smoke belching vehicles. Metro Manila’s wide thoroughfares transform from loathsome highways and actually become fun for biking.
Last year on Good Friday, instead of joining the exodus to the beaches, mountains and provinces, me and my ex-girlfriend decided to stay put in QC and sample what it’s like to live in a city without loud blaring cars, and without people who seem forever caught in a mad rush to nowhere.
We took our bikes for a spin around the city, and see what we could see. All in all, it was a pretty interesting ride.
Why can’t everyday on the road be like Good Friday?
Swung by the pontifical university. You can’t help but notice the lack of harassed pedestrians
Quaipo Church was full of people listening to Siete Palabras and doing Visita Iglesia
Manila Cathedral was still undergoing repairs back then
Even Rizal Park seemed serene
On days like these, you can really appreciate Roxas Boulevard
Posing my 29er against the original wagon wheels
We could use more of these bike lanes. It would be cool though if authorities could really keep cars and motor vehicles from using the bike lanes
Finally we reached Mall of Asia
Old traditions such as the Biyernes Santo prusisyon continue right beside MOA
Glad there’s parking space here exclusively for bikers hehe
Been here several times before on my motorcycle. This was my first time here on a bike that didn’t require gasoline