Pasig City, together with San Juan and Marikina, are named the “most bike-friendly” cities in the National Capital Region, according to the recently-concluded Mobility Awards.
Pasig scored an 83%, bagging the gold award for this category. San Juan also received the gold award for a score of 76%, with Marikina receiving the silver with 71%.
The Mobility Awards was began in September by the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, MNL Moves, The Climate Reality Project Philippines and 350 Pilipinas and aimed to support Filipinos who cannot or do not own cars. The criteria for awards consisted of bike-friendly infrastructure, integration of policies and implementation of such policies.
Likewise, the Pasig City Transport Office also won gold for the most bike-friendly workplace category, along with the Pasay branch of the Government Insurance Service System (GSIS) and The Medical City Ortigas.
San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora, meanwhile, reported that the city government had installed bike lanes, LED lights on sidewalks and put bicycle safety ordinances in place; he announced that a solar-powered bike stop is currently being developed.
A 2015 study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) revealed that 88% of households in the metro and the Greater Manila Area were not car-owners. Thus, it was the organizers’ view that this 88% be prioritized instead of the 12%.
“Local leaders with the private sector should promote active mobility, walking or cycling and improve public transport for the majority,” they said in a statement.