After a month from eruption, is it Safe to Scoot in Tagaytay
You finally have plans for your Tagaytay ride. All set and go then all of a sudden, Taal Volcano erupted. Plans canceled and you'll have to wait until situation recovers.
We all remember that tragic day. Taal Volcano once again showed its angry side after 50 years. We've seen all over the news the places within the vicinity devastated by the ash fall and the area went in full lockdown as the earthquake was felt.
Taal went from alert level 4 to alert level 3 just 14 days after the eruption then from level 3 to 2 in another 19 days.
In a nutshell:
Tagaytay is a notable place for tourism, mostly for their Bulalo, parks, and the overlooking view of the volcano. Given that, there's no arguing it's also a good place to scoot. For those planning their first long ride, Tagaytay is a must-go for those training for longer rides ahead. Buses are also accessible, even a P2P to and from Santa Rosa can be used.
For EKS users, Tagaytay is like the first challenge to long rides. We just want to feel the breeze with the overlooking view from the Volcano.
If you are planning for a Tagaytay trip one of these days, we conducted an investigative trip in the area. Yes, we did scoot from Manila to Tagaytay and all the way up to Batangas just to get a better grasp.
After a month from the eruption, is it safe to scoot in Tagaytay?
Initially, roads in Tagaytay implemented a one-way scheme. Prior to the eruption, you can only pass Mahogany Ave going west and Tagaytay-Nasugbu junction to Skyranch heading eat only
The new road scheme since April 2019. Mahogany Ave only one-way eastbound
However, due to the eruption, the roads went back to two-way. According to locals, this is only temporary while Tagaytay is still recovering from the eruption. We do not know when will the one-way scheme resume but we'll have to see in the upcoming months.
As of February 2020, the roads reverted to the old two-way scheme during the recovery period
As per conditions, there are areas that do repairs, possibly on drainage systems. Roads looked clean as we traversed. There is little to no signs of ashfall in the sides.
You can check out our recordings on the road conditions with the ff:
Tagaytay Westbound Update: Tagaytay Rotonda - Nasugbu Border (February 2020)
Tagaytay Eastbound Update: Nasugbu Border - Tagaytay via Mahogany Ave (February 2020)
As we've seen, business tends to operate as usual. Some famous destinations are closed due to ashfall cleaning, such as picnic groove but during our trip, we weren't able to check if these places are open. Though, we would verify that People's Park in the Sky, Skyranch, and Twin Lakes are open as we passed through it.
We're glad to see the place has been resilient since the eruption and the community works hard to get things in shape.
Traffic is typically less that it used to be. Tagaytay has slowly become a place of "Carmageddon" due to tourism but it seems like the place does not contain much at the moment. We did not see security checkpoints as well.
Tagaytay is known to be cold, as for the reason why it's a popular tourist destination. As of our trip, we're not sure if it's because we rode during scorching heat but it was hot all along our trip. It did, however, became cold when the sun came down. If we stayed a bit further, we could've gotten a better grasp of the temperature but we didn't risk it as it's dangerous to ride in the evening, given that there are a lot of speeding cars in the area.
Overall, we can say that the place is relatively safe for scooting as of this writing (Feb 2020). We do, however, recommend that you stay updated with the news as nobody knows when will the volcano spew its ashes. Stay safe and have a great ride!
We'll be posting our long ride from Manila to Batangas vice-versa so stay tuned!