Ten cities, 10 workplaces, and 30 commercial establishments have been nominated so far as the most bicycle-friendly places in Metro Manila for the first Mobility Awards.

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In a virtual briefing on Friday, organizers bared the 50 initial nominees, including 10 local government units, namely, the cities of San Juan, Pasig, Caloocan, Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Quezon City, and Taguig.

For bike-friendly workplaces, those nominated were Gofer, Chinabank Savings (Sen. Gil Puyat Branch, Makati), One Griffinstone Building, Acquire, Grundfos I.S. Support and Operations Centre, Sykes Shaw 500, Security Bank Corporation (Ayala Avenue, Makati), Risque Designs Marikina, The Medical City-Ortigas, and S&P Global Philippines.

Nominees for bike-friendly commercial establishments were SM City North EDSA Annex, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM City Sucat, The Podium Ortigas, SM by the Bay, SM BF Parañaque, SM Aura Premier, S Maison, Ayala Malls Circuit Makati, Ayala Uptown Mall in Taguig, UP Town Center in Katipunan, Robinson’s Galleria Ortigas, Robinson’s Forum Mandaluyong, Gateway Araneta City, Greenhills Ortigas, Eton Centris, Fishermall on Quezon Avenue, Decathlon branches in Alabang, Pasig, and Tiendesitas.

Other nominees for this category include the University of Santo Tomas, Bonifacio Technology Center in Taguig, 7-11 United Nations Avenue, UCC Park Café on Ayala Avenue Makati, Mercury Drugstore Malanday, Pan De Amerikana Katipunan Extension, and Burger King in Frontera Verde.

The nominees for the three categories will be assessed by judges from the environment and active mobility sector according to the presence of bike-friendly infrastructure; integration of policies; and implementation, or the proper use of infrastructure as well as enforcement of policies.

Organizing groups Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), MNL Moves, The Climate Reality Project (TCRP) Philippines, and 350 Pilipinas said the awards aim to spur concerted action among government, commuters, as well as the private sector to make a “bikeable” capital region.

While the inaugural round will focus on cycling in Metro Manila, where 88 percent of households do not own cars, organizers also hope to hold the awards nationwide in the future.

“We have been so used to the notion that traveling around Metro Manila can only be safe and efficient through cars. We see the private sector as catalysts to influence their city leaderships to be more cycling-friendly,” TCRP Philippines Branch Manager Camille Castro said during the briefing.

“If commercial establishments and workplaces offer bike-friendly services, but our road systems managed by local government units do not have the same bike lanes, we will not be effective or responsive to employees’ and customers’ needs. Infrastructure and policies need to be holistic and interconnected,” she added.

Judges will rank the top three awardees from each category based on their scores and will receive bronze, silver, or gold awards. A special award – called “Katipunan” award – is the highest rank which may be attained by having a perfect score, or by achieving three consecutive gold awards in a row.

Maria Golda Hilario, ICSC Associate for Program Development, said each of the awardees for bike-friendly cities, workplaces, and commercial establishments will receive recognition signs with their rank, as well as gift vouchers for their employees worth P5,000 for bronze, P8,000 for silver, and P10,000 for both gold and Katipunan awardees.

As nominations are unlimited, the organizers urged the public to continue to nominate other bike-friendly places in Metro Manila through Mobility Awards website at mobilityawards.ph until October 22, before the awarding rites on October 29.

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