After the world was forcibly shackled by a pandemic last year, countless people turned to bicycles. Because public transportation became limited and relatively unsafe, many commuters had no choice but to pedal their way to work. And so, the government and the private sector also had to actively play a role in assisting the public. Bicycle lanes are now being constructed, and establishments are providing appropriate parking facilities.
Speaking of the private sector, SM Supermalls is making its branches cycling-friendly. SM Mall of Asia, for instance, now has 18km of “shared and dedicated bike lanes” and even repair stations within its immediate vicinity. SM Center Pulilan has a 2.1-hectare bicycle trail, and SM Marikina offers free parking for motor vehicles that carry bicycles. All in all, SM malls around the country are said to have “500 bike racks and more than 80 repair stations.”
To improve its service to bicycle riders, SM went ahead and published an 18-page “Biker’s Manual,” available in English and Filipino. Partnering with the Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, and MNL Moves, SM put together a helpful booklet that aims to prepare an individual for safe cycling. The manual was sponsored by bicycle manufacturer Specialized.
According to SM PR manager Willa Santiago, “printed copies of the bike manual will soon be available at the customer service counters of the following malls: SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM City Marikina, SM City North EDSA, SM City Masinag and more SM malls nationwide.”
See the pages of the English manual below. If you wish to download both versions of the manual, you may do so here.
Bravo, SM Supermalls.