ICYDK: San Juan City Has a Solar-Powered Bike Pit Stop

It also has a resting spot for bikers.

San Juan Bike Repair Station
PHOTO BY Kenneth G. Yu (Used with permission for SPOT.ph)

(SPOT.ph) Bike advocates around the world have always encouraged people to use bikes for transportation. It not only promotes a healthy lifestyle, but also lessens carbon emissions—which is already at a critical level in our atmosphere at this point. With restrictions in public transportation, the pandemic forced most of us to finally use the two-wheeler for mobility; and local government units have also stepped up in providing their residents with bike lanes and racks for safety and convenience. In San Juan City, they have partnered with Allianz PNB Life to provide local bikers with solar-powered bike pit stop and repair station, which opened in November 2020 within the premises of the city hall.

San Juan Bike Repair Station
PHOTO BY Kenneth G. Yu (Used with permission for SPOT.ph)
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The pit stop features a small resting area for bikers and a small bike repair station with hanger arms, repair tools, and air pump. The partnership also allowed for the installment of bike bollards along nearby roads to better separate the bike lane from the car lanes, as well as building of various safety signage. San Juan also launched a bike-sharing program for their city hall employees.

San Juan bike lane
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The solar-powered bike pit stop was Allianz PNB Life's first activity for their Allianz Ride Safe campaign.

"Because Allianz in Europe is a sponsor of Formula 1, this solar-powered bike pitstop was designed to look like those race car pitstops in F1 races. The difference is, of course, this pit stop is a resting place for bikers. Bikers can bring their bikes here, take a rest, and then use the tools and pump in this place to do maintenance work on their bikes as needed," explained Allianz PNB Life's Digital Brand Management Director Kenneth Yu in an online exchange with SPOT.ph.

Earlier in May, the insurance company also launched four new bike racks in different spots in Manila City. They're not like your usual racks made of pipes, but rather art installations that also reflect Manila's history and culture.

"Allianz Ride Safe aims to promote this culture of cycling among Pinoys so that we can get regular, daily exercise, as well as leave a lower carbon footprint since we will not be using vehicles that release emissions," Yu explained about their thrust to promote biking.

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