I would say I am one of the female bike commuters in Manila and Makati. I bike to work almost everyday. Commuting using my bike helped me save time and money.
Last November 13, one of the most remembered incident in my bike commuting going home. Me and my bike buddy Marlon Ricafort went to Camp Aguinaldo to do some loops as part of my preparation in this upcoming Nuvali Dirt Weekend race. We were able to chat fellow bikers Wreachelle Cordova and Joseph Cuison who just won in this recent Xterra Philippines: Putik Pare under Mixed Category. Wreachelle and Joseph gave me some tips and advise on best trails in Metro.
Marlon plotted our route on our way home to Manila. On Club Filipino Ave cor Ortigas Avenue, while waiting for the traffic light to turn green there were vehicles both in front and the back of me. When the light changed to green, before the vehicle in front of me could move forward, I was hit in the rear part of my bike when the vehicle behind me lunged forward. The force of the vehicle moving forward caused his vehicle to ride on top of my rear tires, and crush it with the weight of his vehicle, folding it in half. I retrieved the bicycle from under the front side of his car.
At this point, I waived at him signaling him to park his car so we can figure out what to do about the accident when he, instead of stopping, left he scene of the accident.
Since the normal Ortigas Ave. traffic stopped him from going far, I was able to approach him to talk to him about the accident. He mentioned that he will just park his car along Wilson St. But, again, he left the scene for a 2nd time. I believe he did so purposefully since a) he did not stop as he said he would b) he sped off so fast, running away as fast as he can.
After the accident, I deposited my bicycle at Life Cycle, Greenhills, then looked for the police within the premises. They informed me that it should be reported to Traffic Enforcement of the San Juan Police station, where I filed my complaint. There they advised my what to do, including medical and police complaint procedures.
Yesterday morning, November 18. I was called by the Santolan Substation in San Juan, to report at 7:00pm Nov 19, 2010. regarding the accident. I asked the police if the person who caused the accident will be there. He informed me that he has been summoned. I plan to be there tonight with some of my Bike Commuter friends.
I asked some media sources if they can provide me info about the erring person/vehicle owner, I was provided the following:
Registered to: Jozel Francisco Santos
Address: 5353 Encomienda St., Bo. Olympia, Makati City
Plate no: ZSS107
Color: Black Cherry
Registered as of 11/17/2008
Luckily, I got minor scratches on my legs then went to Cardinal Santos for cleaning my wounds. I am appealing to all motorist, please give us little respect. We got two wheels and legs to go to work or home.
I would like to thank my bike buddy Tina Zamora of I Love to Ride my Bicycle and her husband Dennis for accompanying me at the Police Station and driving me home.
Do have have same experience as mine? Please share it to us and tell us the things you do after the accident.