Bike-friendly cities, groups to be cited on World Car Free Day

Published September 22, 2020, 2:58 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

Start those nominations rolling in, as the most bike-friendly cities, workplaces, and commercial establishments in Metro Manila will be given recognition on Oct. 29.


Bike advocates launched on Tuesday the first Mobility Awards in celebration of World Car Free Day.

The awards aim to spur concerted action among government, commuters, and the private sector to make a bike-friendly Metro Manila, according to organizing groups Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), MNL Moves, The Climate Reality Project Philippines (TCRP Philippines), and 350 Pilipinas.

“It’s a fact (that) 88 percent of households in Metro Manila don’t own cars. They are the majority and should be the priority, not the 12 percent who have at least one car,” said urban planner and MNL Moves founder Aldrin Pelicano.

“Promoting cycling is certainly not the only solution, as active mobility requires improving walkability and public transport, but protecting the growing number of cyclists and encouraging others to bike is a real step in the right direction. Let’s make a bikeable Metro Manila, together,” he pointed out.

The first Mobility Awards will recognize the top three nominated cities or municipalities, workplaces, and commercial establishments in Metro Manila as determined by a panel of judges composed of Pelicano, ICSC associate for program development Maria Golda Hilario, TCRP PH branch manager Nazrin Camille Castro, 350 Pilipinas volunteer and 350.orgAsia finance campaigner Chuck Baclagon, and Pinay Bike Commuter Community founder Jaramia Amarnani.

The organizers hope to hold the awards nationwide in the future.

“People in Metro Manila cycle every day. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority counted over 100,000 cyclists traversing six major intersections on EDSA last June, with an average of 4,000 cyclists every day,” Pelicano said.

“Even MMDA officials consider the numbers are likely a huge underestimate, which is why a regular bike count needs to happen, in more locations,” he added.

According to the organizers, nominations are unlimited via the website starting Sept. 22 until Oct. 22.

The winners will be awarded on Oct. 29.

“A mobility revolution is well underway, led on foot and on two wheels by common folks. Cycling and walking have been gaining more prominence as practical and efficient transport modes since the pandemic began, yet we can still make them much safer and easier for all,” Pelicano said.