Moovr PH, the first app-enabled bike and e-scooter sharing service in the Philippines, is expanding its services in Makati City starting this November.
With Moovr hubs launched in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) last December 2020, more Moovr Hubs will be strategically placed in key areas around Makati this month providing easy mobility for Filipinos wanting to beat the city traffic in the biggest business district.
Moovr offers immediate and 24-hour access to personal mobility devices (PMD) that come in two options:single-speed bicycles or easy-to-use electric kick-scooters.
In a virtual media launch Thursday (Nov. 4), Shiella Aguilar, Estate Development Manager of Makati, Ayala Land shared that the changes brought about by the pandemic put the spotlight on the need for “sustainable and alternative forms of transportation,” particularly biking.
“With the completion of more pedestrian underpasses and bike lanes around the Central Business District, we can now describe Makati as a ‘15-minute city,’ where your place of residence, work, and venues for leisure are all accessible within a 15-minute walk or bike ride,” said Aguilar.
With a daily average of 1,500 to 2,000 regular bikers now making use of the bike lanes along Ayala Avenue in Legaspi and Salcedo Villages, the bike-sharing facility by Moovr could serve as the “catalyst for growth of bicycle usage in Makati.”
“This bike-sharing facility by Moovr opens the door for people who may not be ready to commit to buying their own bike yet. In addition to being an essential form of transport, we foresee that it could encourage people to explore what the Makati CBD has to offer. Office workers who wish to take a break and bike to a nearby park to destress. On weekends, residents can do a leisurely tour of the city by renting these bikes,” added Aguilar.
In the fourth quarter of this year, new bike stations will be installed in areas of Legaspi Village to accompany the launch of Moovr and pave the way for new Bike-and-Dine initiatives in Makati Al Fresco parklets.
According to Anna Moncupa, CEO and founder of Moovr and Keepr Storage Solutions in the Philippines, they currently have a fleet of 40 e-scooters with another 80 coming soon for a total of 120 units, and about 160 bicycles spread around their different hubs.
“By providing these alternatives for getting around the city, Moovr promotes safer travel that allows people to continue maintaining physical distancing. Moovr is also committed to practicing sustainability in travel by encouraging the use of their bikes and e-scooters for short trips in the city. In doing so, carbon emissions and traffic congestion on major roads are reduced,” said Moncupa.
The Moovr app charges bicycle users P20 for every 15 minutes or P80 an hour, while e-scooters cost P50 for every 20 minutes or P150 per hour.
To ensure the safety of the units, each bike and e-scooter unit is geo-locked and can only be used within a designated service area and comes with a GPS tracker. Users are required to download and install the Moovr app to use the units while cashless payments are done via the app's e-wallet.
For hygiene reasons, the service currently does not lease out helmets so potential users are encouraged to bring their own helmets.
Interested in trying out the app-based rides for yourself? Be sure to check out the Moovr e-scooters and bikes next time you’re in the Makati or BGC area.
How to use use Moovr bikes and e-scooters
- Download the Moovr app for free from the App StoreorGoogle Play Store and create an account by signing up by registering your email address or linking your Facebook or Google accounts.
- Once your profile is activated, find your ride easily by going to the nearest Moovr Hub. Helmets are not required but are encouraged for personal safety.
- Once you reach the Moovr Hub, select your vehicle and unlock it by scanning the QR code to start riding.
- Vehicles can be rented for a maximum of 24 hours and e-scooters must be returned if the battery is less than 15 percent.
- Remember to drive only in designated lanes and obey traffic rules. The Moovr app will direct you to the nearest designated parking spot near your destination between rides.
- Once your ride is complete, simply park and lock the bike or scooter in the Moovr Hub and end the ride in your app.