For some people, biking is a form of leisure. But for others, biking is a way of life.

In the provinces, biking is the most convenient way of moving around. Like in my home province of North Cotabato, many farmers ride their bikes everyday going to their farms as well as fish vendors going around the barangays.

Off to the farm ( Pikit, North Cotabato)

 

Soldiers check the basket of a fish vendor in Brgy. Kapinpiplan in Midsayap, North Cotabato.  The soldiers were on heightened alert due to clashes with Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in  2013.

 

Farmers ride their bike along the highway in Pagalungan, Maguindanao.

 

A man walks with his bike near the Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters checkpoint along the road leading to the its main headquarters in Sultan Kudarat town of Maguindanao.

 

A member of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) patrols a village with his bike in a marshy village of Kabacan, North Cotabato.

 

Old but reliable bikes in Ozamiz City.

 

In Ozamiz City, vintage bicycles with sidecars are part of its public transportation system around the city. Like Ozamiz, vintage bicycles are still on the roads of Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte.

Vintage but reliable. ( Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte)

Elsewhere, biking is part of daily life.

School children in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

 

“School shuttle” ( Tulunan, North Cotabato)

 

Delivery boy ( Davao City)

 

Inseparable.Seventy four-year old Fumio Tsunoda pedals his bike with his four-year old dog Whitey on their way to the market in Davao City. Tsunoda says since Whitey learned to ride on the bike’s basket, he never missed to take his dog everytime he goes to the market.

 

Balancing act ( Bansalan, Davao del Sur)

 

Grasscuter man ( Davao City)

 

Hands free ( Davao City)

 

Carry that weight ( Midsayap, North Cotabato)

 

In big cities like Davao, bicycles are the most preferred mode of transportation in going to work to avoid traffic congestion.

Love bike ( Davao City)

 

Custom bike ( Davao City)

 

Sponge bike ( Davao City)

 

Vendor in Agdao Market, Davao City.

 

Members of the Davao City Police Office patrol the streets of the city.

 

The carpenter ( Davao City)

Like in most cities in the country these days, biking is now part of the “new normal” as  many commuters shift  to bicycles as their main mode of transportation due to limited public transportation. Moreover, biking is now one of the social distancing measures to combat the spread of Covid-19. ( Read my related blog entry)

The frontliner ( Davao City)

 

Bike to work in time of pandemic (18 May 2020 / Davao City)