This one’s a win for all the cyclists around the Metro!
In a bid to become more bike-friendly, Market! Market! has employed “park-and-eat” bike racks that allow bikers on the go to enjoy a quick meal without the hassle of parking their bicycle outside.
The new bike racks feature a bench/table where in cyclists can park their bikes from behind and dine in from the comfort of their bicycle seat. The bike racks are aptly located in the mall’s Central Plaza Stop Bite area, where dozens of restaurants and food booths offer various meals for hungry passersby.
The dining experience is both quick and easy for cyclists who want to grab a snack before their next biking destination. Cyclists can also rest a little easy because the dining setup is al fresco and bike racks are spaced a good distance apart from each other, making it a relatively more COVID-safe dining choice.
This new bike rack setup from Market! Market! is just one of many actions that businesses have taken to become more bike-friendly.
Earlier in January, McDonald’s put forth their “Bike and Dine” initiative, wherein bikers were able to enjoy a “ride-thru” experience in the form of bike racks/tables. These bike racks/tables allowed cyclists to lock their front or rear wheel into a table, where seats were located on the other side.
McDonald’s has also been toying with the idea of converting parking lots into bike rack areas. For now, they have converted 14 parking slots, with more reported to come.
In March, Lucky Chinatown mall in Binondo also installed a bike rack dining setup similar to that in Market! Market! called “Bike and Bite.”
As lockdowns continue and quarantine is extended, many Filipinos have turned to cycling as a new hobby and form of transportation. Luckily, businesses have been listening and getting on with the trends, allowing for these new initiatives to take place.
May we see more of these bike-friendly establishments!