In a social media post, the Iloilo City Government revealed that it will connect all bike lanes for ‘easier and safer mobility of those biking to work and back home’. The proposed plan is in line to the city’s earlier announcement that it will be adding more bike lanes in the metropolis.
“The Iloilo City Government will interconnect bike lanes all over the metropolis for easier and safer mobility of those biking to work and back home. Biking has been running as a convenient option amid COVID-19 pandemic which has paralyzed portions of public transport. There has been reduced passenger capacity to half in compliance with physical distancing to prevent possible spread of COVID-19,” an excerpt from the social media post of the City Government.
Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas already met with bike advocate Rock Drilon and his group, the City Engineer’s Office (CEO), and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office VI to address the demand for road sharing.
“We push to finalize plans to connect all bike lanes all over the city. We prepare cost estimate so we will look for funds to finance the implementation. CEO and DPWH will work together,” states Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas.
Moreover, Rock Drilon is thankful for local efforts.
“Kudos to Mayor Jerry who is currently working closely with bike advocates, City Engineering and DPWH to add another 20kms of bike lanes to connect with existing bike lanes, including portions of the Esplanade, which is being targeted for completion by mid-July, for the safety of Ilonggos on bicycles, seen to have increased phenomenally and using them as transport during pandemic,” states Rock Drilon, a bike advocate.