Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, in a social media post, announced that the City of Love will have its first-ever Iloilo Digital Bike Tour on June 06. Mayor Treñas stressed that biking promotes camaraderie among the Ilonggos, thus the need to promote the activity.
“Biking promotes camaraderie. Biking does not help in promoting a healthy lifestyle but also develops strong friendships. In Iloilo City, many have shifted to biking as an option for mobility naming us at the Most Bike-Friendly City in the PhilBike Awards,” begins Treñas. “Join us on June 06 as we pedal around the city in the first ever 2021 Iloilo Digital Bike Tour,” he adds.
It may be recalled that Iloilo City was hailed ‘most bike-friendly city’ by the PhilBike Awards during the 2018 PhilBike Expo held at the World Trade Center Manila. The award was accepted by Wilfredo Sy Jr., Director of the Iloilo Bike Festival for this year and one of the prime movers of the Iloilo biking community. Read more: Iloilo City is the Most Bike Friendly City in the country, an article by Panay News.
“Pedal around the City of Love on your mobile devices as we bring you the first-ever 2021 Iloilo Bike Virtual Tour! While staying home, take a moment to shift your attention from the pandemic. Join us on June 6 as we rediscover Iloilo City. (Disclaimer: Videos were taken last March),” Mayor Treñas, in another social media post.
An article by IBS Digital enumerates reasons why Iloilo City is the Biking Capital of the Philippines.
Protected Bike Lanes. Iloilo City has its own protected bike lanes, referring to the 11-kilometer bike lane that stretches from Diversion Road to select city roads – within, a 4-kilometer protected lane in Aquino Avenue, designed by landscape architect Paulo Alcazaren.
International Commendations. Iloilo City has been lauded by Dutch Ambassador H.E. Saskia Elisabeth De Langsaw during her visit to the metro. She mentions that the city has the potential to become the ‘biking haven of the Philippines’, provided that proper urban biking infrastructures and support from the local government is consistent. Read more: 4 Reasons Why Iloilo City is the Bike Capital of the Philippines, an article by IBS Digital.