Ayala Land Embarks on ‘Let’s Walk’ Campaign
Manila, Philippines—Ayala Land Inc. (ALI), one of the leading developers of sustainable estates in the country, has long been enhancing mobility in its developments by prioritizing pedestrians and public transit facilities in the design and master planning of its estates and malls. To further promote connectivity, ALI has embarked on a “Let’s Walk” campaign that highlights how walking around urban areas not only eases traffic congestion but also improves one’s level of fitness.
ALI’s information campaign promotes the use of the Makati Central Business District’s (CBD) “walkable” and open spaces. These include footbridges, underpasses, and elevated walkways that allow pedestrians to get around the city rain or shine. The Makati CBD, in fact, has the country’s longest covered elevated walkway in the country, which spans 1,100 meters from Greenbelt malls to Makati Medical Center.
ALI’s network of connected walkways is a boon for the health conscious, many of whom set goals of at least 10,000 steps per day. A walk from the Ayala Museum to the Ayala Triangle Gardens would already add 782 steps to one’s daily total. The distance from Greenbelt to Glorietta malls would total 1,115 steps, while a walk from Ayala MRT station all the way to Makati Medical Center would sum up to 2,493 steps.
Every day, more than 200,000 people already use the pedestrian facility network in the Makati CBD, and this is expected to grow as more covered walkways are being built around the district. The elevated walkway to Ayala Center alone serves more than 50,000 people daily. These facilities allow people to walk around more without having to cross through traffic.
ALI’s pedestrian and transit connectivity tenet is focused on three areas, namely pedestrian priority-planning, the building of climate protected walkways and providing for easy-to-access transit terminals. As a result, other ALI estates such as Bonifacio Global City, Cebu Park District, Nuvali, Circuit Makati, Arca South, Alviera, Vermosa, and Altaraza, among others, also feature pedestrian-friendly streets and incorporate public transit connections in their master plans.
The company continues to track and identify metrics in pedestrian-transit connectivity to monitor and improve its developments’ impact on all stakeholders.