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Manila bike commuting

Bike route Cubao to Makati CBD

When I tell people that I bike to work from Cubao to Makati and back, most often their reaction is “OMG, isn’t that dangerous, you might get hit by the buses along EDSA!” It seems that not many people know the alternate route via Mandaluyong. I would say that this is generally a bike-friendly route, there being very few public utility vehicles. And so, inspired by iwant2bike2work.org, here is the route map: 

Starting point: N. Domingo corner Aurora Boulevard (near Betty Go-Belmonte station of LRT2)

  • Go straight along N. Domingo St.
  • Turn left at St. John
  • Turn right at Hilltop St.
  • Turn left at Horseshoe Drive (be forewarned of steep hill at the end)
  • Turn right at Santolan Avenue
  • Cross Ortigas Avenue
  • Turn left at Jose Abad Santos St.
  • Turn left to P. Guevara St.
  • Turn right at Shaw Boulevard
  • Turn left at Martinez St. (lots of pedestrians!)
  • Turn right to Maysilo rotonda
  • Turn right to San Francisco St. (second intersection)
  • Turn left at Coronado st.
  • Turn left and up the Makati-Mandaluyong bridge
  • Go straight along Makati avenue into Makati CBD
  • Park in a safe place!

Total distance: 9.5 kms ; Total time: around 40 minutes

Discussion

6 thoughts on “Bike route Cubao to Makati CBD

  1. hi! it was very nice of you to write about your biking route from cubao to makati as my husband also commutes from fort bonifacio to camp aguinaldo. this route would surely help him save up on commuting costs. thanks.

    Posted by cherryann | July 14, 2008, 2:10 pm
  2. Hi Cheryann, thanks for dropping by. Yes, with the high cost of gas, bike commuting is the way to go:-)

    Posted by Joma | July 14, 2008, 3:01 pm
  3. Hi all, how is the safety/viability of this route nowadays? I’m asking because this post was from almost 7 years ago, haha. I just started biking around Makati and was thinking of taking this route to Cubao. Thanks!

    Posted by Macky | January 27, 2015, 5:51 pm
    • Hi Macky, the route should still be ok, but stay safe and make sure you have proper lighting on your bike (rear and front) when travelling in the dark. Of course, this route is better than EDSA! THanks for dropping by!

      Posted by groundhogdude | January 27, 2015, 6:20 pm
      • Thanks groundhog! Got lighting covered, just concerned if the volume of vehicles I’ll be biking alongside with might have made this route more unsafe than how it was 6-7 years ago haha.

        Btw, you playing this year in Cebu? We might bump into each other, haha!🙂

        Posted by Macky | January 27, 2015, 6:46 pm
  4. Not sure about the volume of traffic now, but then the heavier the volume, the slower the traffic, and the better for the bike!
    I’m skipping Cebu this year – trying to get more into the “smaller” triathlons – more fun and less hassle!

    Posted by groundhogdude | January 27, 2015, 6:51 pm

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