by Kattie Sta. Ana, Founder of the Tour of the Fireflies
NOISY. Our roads are noisy. At 4:00 A.M., I am awakened by the sound of a speeding jeepney on Gil Fernando Avenue, and I don’t even live on that street; I live a block away. It used to be that the avenue was lined with only a few houses; two of them were particularly beautiful. And as a child, my family would drive around in our owner-type jeep admiring them. From a quiet private subdivision’s arterial road, A. Tuazon has been reclassified into a national road and renamed Gil Fernando Avenue. The notorious Montalban jeepneys ply this road now going to and from Cubao; rerouted from the heart of the older part of town, where I heard a number of accidents have occurred involving the notorious jeepney line.
The bicycle is an excellent choice for your mode of transportation, whether you are going to work or on your way to spend some leisure time at the mall. Its best characteristic is its simplicity, both in form and function. Everything you need to move from point A to point B is already there. You may want to add a few enhancements but basically, all you need is a helmet and the will to pedal. Here are the top 10 essential cycling items to make sure that your ride is more fun than driving your car to work. It is a hundred times more preferable to riding the ubiquitous jeepney or tricycle.