Getting around Manila is a constant struggle for many Filipinos. It is very difficult for many to be able to find transportation to get from one location to another. The congested roads and the infamous Manila traffic add to the problems when it comes to traveling in the city. Public transportation such as the MRT and LRT doesn’t prove to be useful as well with the long queues that commuters have to face every day.
With many trying to come up with alternative solutions the aforementioned problems, one practical and affordable solution to this problem is to ride a bicycle. Though many would state that using a bike is impractical here in Metro Manila, there are many benefits when one chooses to ride a bike to work.
Healthy mind and healthy body
Riding a bicycle instead of driving a car or taking public transportation can help one burn calories and strengthen one’s body. Riding a bike is a good form of cardiovascular exercise which burns calories, but is gentler on the joins compared to other forms of exercise. It can also improve muscle tone and clear one’s head before going to work; giving an individual more energy and help you better concentrate on the different tasks needed to be done throughout the day.
Riding a bicycle is also a good way to help Mother Nature as it doesn’t emit any pollutants or carbon gases, reducing one’s carbon footprint in the process. Plus, a bicycle doesn’t require gasoline, thus, reduces the consumption of this resource.
Easier on the pockets
Riding a bicycle can also help a person lessen expenses. The money originally used for public transportation or putting fuel in one’s car can be used for something else. In addition, a bicycle requires less maintenance compared to a car.
To encourage bicycle riding and exercising while continuing its commitment in providing better products for Filipinos, the Taiwan Excellence campaign is introducing various brands of innovative foldable bicycles in the country. Brands that are being brought in include Strida, Tern, and Pacific. These brands aim to encourage more Filipinos to try riding bicycles as an alternative means of transportation, while helping Filipinos stay fit and save Mother Earth.
The Taiwan Excellence campaign, organized by Bureau of Foreign Trade of Taiwan (BOFT), and implemented by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), is the symbol of quality that guarantees the superior value of Taiwanese lifestyle brands across Asia is now in the Philippines.