Advocates hail bikable, walkable Iloilo City
Health and environment advocates and biking enthusiasts praised the various initiatives geared towards making Iloilo a bikable and walkable city.
They thanked Senate President Franklin Drilon, Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog and City Council for implementing development projects in the metropolis.
“We would like to thank you for your efforts in making our beloved Iloilo a walkable and bikable city. The beautiful examples are Calle Real, Esplanade and Diversion Road,” wrote a group of faculty and students from University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV).
Photo taken during the first day of the pedestrianization of Calle Real. Source: Jason Gonzales FB page
The city is hosting the first bike festival expected to draw a thousand bikers to pedal their way passing heritage mansions, plazas, historical sites and business districts around the metropolis.
“We assure you that we are one with you and we are here to help... to fulfill the vision of having a walkable, bikable and indeed most beautiful Iloilo,” the group stressed.
The Iloilo Folding Bike Riders (iFOLD), a group of biking enthusiasts supports the initiative as they promote healthy lifestyle and advocate road-sharing practices.
“This sports tourism activity pushes for healthy lifestyle, creates awareness of protecting environment, and highlights the attractions of our city. It’s time to showcase our new bike lanes particularly in Benigno Aquino Avenue,” said Mabilog.
“We want to bring the message to the world that Iloilo is an environmentally-and-health-conscious city and tourism destination,” he added.
The event will start 4 p.m. in the Megaworld Iloilo Business Park area in Mandurriao district. (JVFernandez/Iloilo City PIO)