SM Supermalls’ bike-friendly initiatives shine at Mobility Awards 2023

SM Mall of Asia protected bike lanes at the North Public Utility Vehicles (PUV) Terminal along Pacific Drive.

SM Supermalls recently clinched accolades at the Mobility Awards 2023, with 13 SM malls being recognized as establishments that champion sustainable and bicycle-friendly practices in the Philippines.

At SM Lanang in Davao, joggers, cyclists, and drivers navigate the pathways, fostering safer and more accessible roads for everyone.

SM Mall of Asia earned distinction as the “Top 2 Most Bicycle-Friendly Large Establishment” and was awarded a Silver for its exemplary standing. Other Silver Awardees include SM Center Pasig, SM City Marikina, SM City Masinag, SM City Angono, SM Cherry Antipolo, SM City Baguio, SM Seaside City Cebu, and SM Lanang in Davao. The Bronze Awardees include SM City North Edsa, SM City Fairview, SM City Manila, and SM City San Lazaro.

SM Lanang in Davao’s “Bike My Way” program nurtures a love for cycling among children and teens, transforming the mall into a safe haven for aspiring cyclists and enthusiasts.

“At SM Supermalls, we believe in promoting a healthier and more environmentally conscious lifestyle. Receiving these recognitions motivates us to continue innovating and enhancing our facilities to better serve the needs of our cycling community,” said SM Supermalls’ President Steven Tan.

SM Mall of Asia bike parking at the Entertainment Mall along Seaside Boulevard.

SM Cares, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of SM Supermalls, advocates for the bike-riding community through the Bike-Friendly SM Program. Recognizing biking as a safe and economical alternative amid the pandemic, SM has established bike-friendly infrastructures strategically placed at key locations.

SM City Masinag bike racks and SM Cherry Antipolo’s Bike Repair Station at the covered bike parking area.

SM City North Edsa bike parking at Open Parking B and SM City Fairview holds a Bike Fest event in celebration of World Bicycle Day.

SM City Baguio bike parking at B1 Parking Annex.

SM City Manila bike parking facilities.

SM City North Edsa bike parking at Open Parking B. and SM City Fairview holds a Bike Fest event in celebration of World Bicycle Day.

SM City San Lazaro bike racks

At SM Mall of Asia, an extensive network of 18 kilometers features both shared and dedicated bike lanes, complemented by well-placed bike racks, vending machines, and service repair stations, collectively enriching the biking experience.

This commitment to enhancing cycling is mirrored across SM Supermalls, evident in initiatives such as SM Seaside City Cebu’s 1.6km of designated bike lanes, a sprawling 2.1-hectare bike trail at SM Center Pulilan in Bulacan, bike lanes at SM City Marikina, and a collaborative effort with SM City Iloilo to actively promote cycling culture.

SM Mall of Asia’s “Share the Road” signages.

SM Seaside City Cebu bike racks

Boasting more than 500 bike racks and 80 repair stations nationwide, SM Supermalls ensures a safe and pleasant environment for bike commuters. Through collaborative efforts with the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), European Embassies, and cycling advocacy groups, SM has developed educational materials such as the Biker’s Manual and Bike Safety Videos, dedicated to promoting road safety and proper biking etiquette.

The Mobility Awards, organized by the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), The Climate Reality Project Philippines, MNL Moves, Pilipinas, and Pinay Bike Commuter Community, in collaboration with the League of Cities Philippines and 27 regional partners, aim to recognize and celebrate initiatives fostering sustainable and active transportation.

SM Cares champions various advocacies, including programs on environmental sustainability, persons with disabilities, children and youth, women and breastfeeding mothers, senior citizens, and social entrepreneurship. To learn more about SM Cares, follow @SMCares on social media.

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