In line with its commitment to
sustainable mobility, Allianz PNB Life, through its Ride Safe Movement,
unveiled the country’s first solar-powered bike pit stop in San Juan.
“We commend San Juan for taking the
lead in establishing biker-friendly areas and it is only fitting that we put up
the Philippines’ first solar-powered bike pit stop here. Biking is not just an
alternative but an imperative transport solution during these times when we are
facing challenges in mobility. Through this pit stop and other safety
infrastructure we have put in place in partnership with the city, we hope that
more people will be encouraged to use bikes,” said Allianz PNB Life President
and CEO Alexander Grenz.
The city has designated bike lanes
with corresponding safety infrastructure along its major thoroughfares. It has
also deployed bike patrollers to ensure the safety of bikers and enforce the
city’s strict quarantine protocols. In October, Allianz PNB Life became the
exclusive Life Insurance Partner of its Bike Safety campaign.
“We’re very thankful that Allianz PNB
Life has chosen the city of San Juan to be their partner for this very
innovative, very progressive project,” San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora said
during the unveiling ceremonies.
“Ang pagbibisikleta po, minsan iniisip
ng iba, nakakatakot at delikado. Delikado, kung hindi tayo magbibigay ng
proteksyon sa ating mga nagbibisikleta. Ngunit dito sa San Juan, bahagi na rin
na bakit tayo nahirang na Gold Awardee ng Mobility Awards, ay dahil binibigyan
natin ng proteksiyon ang mga nagbibisikleta.
(Some people think that biking is scary and dangerous. It can be dangerous when
there is no protection for our bikers. Here in San Juan, part of the reason why
we are a Gold Awardee at the Mobility Awards, is that we give protection to
bikers),” he added.
The design of the bike pit stop was
patterned after the Allianz race car pit stops at Formula 1 races. It has bike
parking, bikers’ resting area, and a small footprint bike repair station
complete with hanger arms, repair tools, and an air pump.
San Juan City First Lady Keri Zamora,
Vice Mayor Warren Villa, and city councilors were also present during the bike
pit stop’s blessing and unveiling. The event also included the blessing of the
105 bicycles for San Juan’s Bike Sharing Program for its government employees.
After the ceremonial turnover of the
pit stop to the local government of San Juan, Allianz PNB Life executives
joined San Juan officials for a bike tour of the city. According to Mayor
Zamora, the city government will be launching a historical bike trail of the
city in January next year. The trail includes the historic Pinaglabanan Shrine,
Museo ng Katipunan/El Deposito Museum/El Deposito Underground Tunnel, St. John
the Baptist Parish, Ortigas
Avenue, Santuario del Santo Kristo,
Iglesia ni Cristo Property – F. Manalo (Gruet St.), Marcos House (P. Guevarra St.), Mini Park, Club Filipino, and the Greenhills Loop.
The bike pit stop is not the first
project that Allianz PNB Life has worked on with the city of San Juan. Last
month, one of the world’s leading sustainable insurers also put up signage and
safety bollards in the city’s biking lanes.
“Sustainability is part of the Allianz
DNA. Globally and locally, we have taken part in initiatives that promote
environment-friendly solutions. We are looking forward to work with more local
government units that share our ideals of providing a safer and healthier
planet for our future generations,” Grenz concluded.
About Allianz PNB Life
Allianz PNB Life began its operations in 2001 and is among
the major life insurers in the Philippines. Worldwide, Allianz is also
considered the most sustainable insurer from 2017 to 2019 according to the Dow
Jones Sustainability Index. We are a leading provider of Variable Life
products, complemented by a full line of Life protection offerings for
individuals and institutions. All our products and services are designed to
meet the lifetime financial planning, wealth accumulation, and well-being
aspirations of every Filipino Family.
Allianz PNB Life’s main headquarters is in Makati City, the
country’s main business district, with eleven business centres strategically
located in key cities across the archipelago. It has the support of over 220
employees and more than 1000 financial advisors to serve our dear policyholders
and deliver great customer service experiences.