City of Love’s famed Iloilo River Esplanade may be reopened to cyclists according to Iloilo City Councilor Jose Efrain ‘Jay’ Treňas. A biking advocate himself, Jay Treňas revealed his plan during the Gran Fondo New York Asian Championship biking tournament recently held at the Iloilo Business Park.
In an article by Rappler, the city councilor stated that the city council is currently in the process of consulting stakeholders to draft an ordinance. The movement has the full support of Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treňas. Read more: Iloilo officials mull opening scenic River Esplanade to cyclists
Originally a 1.2 km stretch, the Iloilo River Esplanade is now 8.1 km. The first phase, connecting the Sen Benigno Aquino Avenue to Carpenter Bridge, was designed by acclaimed Filipino Architect Paulo Alcazaren and opened in August 2012. Over the years, the esplanade became a haven for Ilonggos, it was even hailed as a Haligi ng Dangal awardee for best landscape architecture by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the National Committee on Architecture and Allied Arts.
As of date, more phases are in progress. This includes the most recent Esplanade 7 stretching from Forbes Bridge to Muelle Loney Bridge, Esplanade 8 from Muelle Loney Bridge to Drilon Bridge and Esplanade 9 from Muelle Loney Bridge to Quirino Bridge.