We just want to ride… yet sometimes, we have no destination in mind so we just pedal aimlessly. A few times, we proceed to the nearest bike shop and just “tam-bike” and chat with other bikers about our passion, our bicycle and other bike adventures. Thus, here is a route which bikers can go to and enjoy.
Have you been to Riverbanks in Marikina City? It is such a nice bike destination with lots of picture worthy landmarks and structures. You can stroll along the stretch of the river and have a fine ride.
Valleybikes is blessed to have such a nice stretch of bike path near our home, so we frequently ride along the river and gather our qi from nature there.
I started my Strava ride in Tumana bridge, where Marikina meets Quezon City via Loyola Grand Villas (although there are parts of Loyola Grand Villas that belong to Marikina). I wanted to trek the side of LGV and hit Riverbanks so I started my journey. But alas! There are parts of this side of the river that do not allow bikers, nor runners because the riverbank is not passable. The owners of the house in this side of the river purposely did not develop their riverbank for security reasons maybe. (But wouldn’t it be great if the riverbank on this side of the river was developed for runners and cyclists?)
There is a part of LGV riverbank that is totally unpassable so I had to retreat and make my way back to Tumana bridge again and ride along the other side of the river.
Marikina Dike Road
I took the Marikina side of the river now and there is a road along the river. There are developments of clearing the river bank and machines are there fixing the dike along the river to protect the residents from the flood. It is a good road that runs along the river side to the right and houses to the left. A lot of people hanging outside their homes and kids playing about on the road.
When you look to the other side of the river, you can see pretty big houses lining up the river. That is the village called Loyola Grand Villas. It’s quite amusing to see the disparity of the social and economic status that the river cuts.
I continued pedaling along the river until I hit the Marikina baseball diamond and pass by some playgrounds and restaurants along the river. People were hanging out and getting their dose of fresh air along the grassy banks of the river. I went under the bridge and saw lots of activity from people who were exercising and biking. I crossed the pedestrian bridge to go to the other side of the river.
With the Provident Village wall to my right, I headed towards the direction of Marikina Riverbanks Mall. There’s a lot to see along the Animal Park, with real goats, pugo, ducks and a few more. There are even giraffes, cows, apes and others but they were just statues. “Good for photo opportunities, these animal statues are”, said Yoda.
I ended up at the Marikina Riverbanks Mall. There are a lot of restaurants there where you can dine al fresco. I did not hang out in those establishments but instead chose to stay at one of the benches along the river and ate my take out burger. It was such a nice ride. I got to exercise, plus I got to commune with a water source near me. Grateful for the Marikina River path. Kudos to the Marikina officials who are responsible for this. Cheers!
Next time you and your friends have no bike destination, just search in Google maps where Marikina Riverbanks is. It is quite easy to find and just ask the local bikers there where to go and which path is best to take.
You can start from the Riverbanks mall and pedal your way up to the bridge in JP Rizal and go back to Riverbanks for some RnR. You can also choose to do the fun riverbanks ride and see both sides of the river then go home. It is all up to you. Just enjoy the scenery, the people, the animals and ride safe.