Iloilo, Mandaue, Naga named Philippines’ top 3 most bike-friendly cities

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Iloilo City was named the most bicycle-friendly city in the national Mobility Awards. Photo from Iloilo City Government FB.

Iloilo, Mandaue, and Naga emerged as the top three most bicycle-friendly cities in the Philippines in the nationwide leg of the Mobility Awards which honors establishments, cities, and individuals paving the way for better urban mobility in the country.

The Visayan city of Iloilo, known as the Bike Capital of the Philippines, won the Gold Award.

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Mandaue in Cebu and Naga in Camarines Sur both received the Silver Award.

This year’s Mobility Awards recognized bike-friendly cities outside of Metro Manila and was held in celebration of the National Bicycle Month and the National Climate Change Week in November.

“I believe that bike lanes contribute more space on the road and create the feeling of safety for many people who would like to bike. We look forward to having more safe, open spaces for the Ilonggos,” said Mayor Jerry Treñas who accepted the Gold Award for Iloilo City in a recorded message on November 25, 2021.

Aside from the nationwide winners, the most bike-friendly commercial establishments and workplaces in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao were also announced.

Three malls in Antipolo City were recognized as the most bike-friendly large commercial establishments nationwide, with SM Cherry Antipolo bagging the Gold Award, and both SM Masinag and Robinsons Place Antipolo receiving the Silver Award.

The awards also granted special recognition to bike riders who continued to serve and provide for the needs of the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Valerie de Guzman, the founder of Valerides, a courier service provider that supports local farmers and small entrepreneurs in Baguio City, placed first in the Padyak Champion category.

Also from Baguio City, 7DA Errands by Bicycle founder Vince Dangiapo placed second and Gabriel Barrantes of Lucena Bike Courier (LUBCO) in Lucena City, Quezon ranked third.

Waquin Corregidor, an emergency responder from Leyte who was in the frontlines when Typhoon Haiyan hit back in 2013, was hailed the “Siklista ng Bayan” champion this year. Lito Sudario, owner of a bike repair business in Tacloban City, and Peter Montalban, a PWD who sells newspapers in Danao City, Cebu, placed second and third respectively.

The 2021 Mobility Awards is jointly organized by the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), The Climate Reality Project Philippines, MNL Moves, 350.org Pilipinas, and Pinay Bike Commuter Community, in collaboration with the League of Cities Philippines and twenty-seven (27) regional partners composed of civic groups and active mobility advocates across the country.

Here is the full list of winners in the 2021 Mobility Awards:

MAIN AWARDS

Most Bike-Friendly Cities

Nationwide

  • Iloilo City (Gold)
  • Mandaue City (Silver)
  • Naga City (Silver)

Luzon

  • Naga City (Silver)
  • Baguio City (Bronze)

Visayas

  • Iloilo City (Gold)
  • Mandaue City (Silver)
  • Cebu City (Silver)

Mindanao

  • Davao City (Silver)
  • Gingoog City (Bronze)

Most Bike-Friendly Commercial Establishments (Large commercial establishments)

Nationwide

  • SM Cherry Antipolo (Gold)
  • SM Masinag (Silver)
  • Robinsons Place Antipolo (Silver)

Luzon

  • SM Cherry Antipolo (Gold)
  • SM Masinag (Silver)
  • Robinsons Place Antipolo (Silver)

Visayas

  • SM Bacolod (Silver)
  • SM City Cebu (Silver)
  • SM Seaside City Cebu (Silver)

Mindanao

  • SM Lanang Premier Davao (Silver)
  • Robinsons Place Butuan (Silver)
  • Ayala Malls Abreeza in Davao City (Silver)

Most Bike-Friendly Commercial Establishments (Stand-alone enterprises)

Nationwide

  • McDonald’s Clark Gate in Angeles City (Silver)
  • McDonald’s P. Oliveros in Antipolo City (Silver)
  • Tourney Biker Shop in Dipolog City (Bronze)

Luzon

  • McDonald’s Clark Gate, Angeles City (Silver)
  • McDonald’s P. Oliveros, Antipolo City (Silver)
  • UPLAND KAFE, Cavite City (Bronze)

Visayas

  • KUBO Bikers Park and Coffee, Roxas City (Bronze)

Mindanao

  • Tourney Biker Shop, Dipolog City (Bronze)
  • Cyclelogy Bikeshop, Cagayan de Oro City (Bronze)
  • Natoy’s Best Bibingka & Kakainin Store, Davao City (Bronze)

Most Bike-Friendly Workplaces

Nationwide

  • Cebu Business Park (Silver)
  • One Evotech in Sta Rosa City (Silver)
  • Cebu IT Park (Silver)

Luzon

  • One Evotech in Sta Rosa City (Silver)
  • Concentrix Philippines, Nuvali in Sta Rosa City (Silver)
  • Baguio City Hall (Bronze)

Visayas

  • Cebu Business Park (Silver)
  • Cebu IT Park (Silver)
  • Mandaue City Government (Bronze)

Mindanao

  • Local Government Unit of Gingoog (Bronze)
  • Father Saturninos Urios University, Butuan City (Bronze)

SPECIAL AWARDS

Padyak Champion winners (for outstanding cyclist riders)

  • Valerie de Guzman, Valerides
  • Vince Dangiapo, 7DA Errands by Bicycle
  • Gabriel Barrantes, LUBCO

Padyak Champion Distinction Award winners (for more outstanding cyclist riders)

  • Makatao Award: Felix Masuela
  • Masikap Award: Amir John Andrade
  • Maaasahan Award: Paul John Adanza

Siklista ng Bayan winners (for outstanding community cyclist entrepreneurs)

  • Waquin Corregidor
  • Lito Sudario
  • Peter “Jojo” Montalban

Siklista ng Bayan Distinction Award winners (for more outstanding community cyclist entrepreneurs)

  • Makatao Award: Salvador A Repizo Jr.
  • Masikap Award: Hasmin Baito
  • Maaasahan Award: Nanay Lydia

Padyak Top Fans (most nominations submitted)

  • Anton Angelo Arevalo
  • Melvin lasundin
  • Christine Jacilldo
  • Miguel Estrada
  • Mark Linel Padecio

More bike-friendly initiatives launched by Filipinos include Bambike’s handcrafted bamboo bikes boosting tourism in Guimaras and the responsible biking program pioneered in the Philippines’ Ayala Land Nuvali community, a favorite destination of bikers.

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