In a bid to support the growing bike-riding community, a public-private partnership recently launched a passport-sized bike manual covering safety, courtesy, and etiquette on the road.
SM Cares, the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Supermalls, in partnership with the Department of Transportation (DOTr), published the first DOTr-SM Bike Manual in English and Filipino. The manual is distributed for free in all SM malls nationwide.
DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade led the virtual launch together with MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos, Department of Public Works and Highways Undersecretary Roberto Bernardo, Department of Interior and Local Government Assistant Secretary Odilon Pasaraba, Department of Health director Beverly Ho, and Move as One Coalition lead convener Dr. Robert Siy.
The aforementioned officials were joined by SM Engineering, Development, and Design president Hans Sy Jr., SM Retail assistant vice president Mara Sy Coson, and SM Supermalls president Steven Tan.
The biker’s manual, which provides biking basics and safety tips for cyclists, forms part of SM’s information campaign to complement the roll out of bike-friendly infrastructure and facilities at SM malls nationwide.
Since the launch of its Bike-Friendly initiative at the Mall of Asia in September 2020, SM has rolled out more than 500 bike racks and over 80 repair stations across its malls nationwide. Highlights of the initiative include SM Mall of Asia’s bike lanes covering 18 kilometers, SM Seaside Cebu’s 1.6 kilometers of bike lanes, a 2.1-hectare bike trail at SM Center Pulilan, SM City Marikina’s bike lanes and free vehicle parking for customers with bikes, and SM City Iloilo’s partnership with its local government unit.
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