Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bicycle Anecdotes from Amsterdam

This is how they do it in Amsterdam. Will the Philippines follow? I hope so, all it takes is political will and few "connectors", "mavens", and "salesmen" to reach the tipping point.
Let's ride!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Low Light Shots

I love cycling, it makes me go places and exercise at the same time. It also made me appreciate nature a lot. Cycling gives me an opportunity to bring my point and shoot camera along and experiment on long exposure shots. I only used a low cost Canon PowerShot A2200 set at long exposure mode.
Here are some of those:

Palace in the Sky - DOST PAGASA RADAR - October 20, 2013 Dusk
View of the Western Sky as seen on Palace in the Sky - October 20, 2013 Dusk
Cabuyao - Sta Rosa on fire? - October 20, 2013 Early Evening

The Moon and Orion Constellation - Dawn Sept 29, 2013
Shall I buy a DSLR? probably not, as it will interfere with my biking. More shots to come!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Bike Commuting in New York City

Bike Commuting is widely accepted in developed cities like New York.

I can think of at least 3 reasons why:

  1. These cities have leaders who support cycling. The mayor of New York is a cycling advocate. Michael Bloomberg promotes cycling as a safe, environment-friendly transportation alternative. He even place pedestrians and cyclists on top priority
  2. Bike lanes and other cycling infrastructures are abundant in the city. Contrast this to Manila and you see why many people are turned off in the idea of cycling.
  3. New Yorkers have accepted and embraced cycling as an alternative transport. Many have ditched their cars in favor of the humble bicycle for a number of reasons. The main consideration is the cost of ownership and inconvenience of getting around the city.

My dream for Manila is to be like New York. It would be years for that to happen but eventually, we will get there.