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Originally Posted by chirojeremy
Biking could be hazardous because the Philipino people drive like they are still in the philipines. There are no shoulders. Lots of 1 way highways going around curves so people may get impatient. Booney dogs, trucks with cargo not secured, frogs/lizards in the roads constantly...
This is true, but you have to consider too the number of bad military drivers, as well as the Chamorro drivers as well. Many people on the island don't obey the traffic laws at all in general. Biking on the island is something I would only do on one of the military bases if I was stationed there again.
If you do plan on biking there, Marine corps drive is probably the "best" paved road that runs the length of the island... but speeds can go as slow as 35-40mph, up to 70-80 once you start heading south towards the Navy base. Once you get to side streets you'll have pot holes and large cracks in the road that will make biking difficult.
Anothing thing to consider is all the salt spray from the ocean getting on the roads, which makes it VERY slippery, even for vehicles. If you are on concrete, the contractors use a crushed coral/sand mix to add to it... which also compounds to the problem of being slippery.
Guam is a very pretty island in certain parts, others not so much, but the same is true of the mainland USA.