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The bike culture in Iloilo City should be emulated by other LGUs

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The 2022 Galing Pook Awards, which honor outstanding and innovative local government programs, have selected “I-BIKE: A Program Promoting the Development of the Iloilo City Bike Culture” as one of the 18 finalists.

In October, a team of validators came to this city and spoke with various stakeholders.

In a media interview on Tuesday, Jose Roni Penalosa, the planning and development officer for the city of Iloilo, stated that they are interested in the bike culture as a “sort of lifestyle.”

“Our seems unique because it discusses the type of living. According to Penalosa, there were other entries that similarly discussed biking. “We emphasized that we wanted to present the bike culture as something that can be replicated elsewhere in the country as a good practice,” Penalosa said.

He continued by saying that the program included various industries and wasn’t just focused on the health and fitness of cyclists.

“The socioeconomic advantages, health, protection, public safety, and security of the bikers who now wish to be safe on the road are everything. The government should address requests from this demographic to upgrade the infrastructure that provides support, Penalosa said.

The number of cyclists has increased, resulting in the opening of businesses like bike stores that sell accessories and provide maintenance. The proliferation of small restaurants and coffee shops, among other things, has benefited the informal economy.

The city administration, led by Mayor Jerry P. Treas, pays attention to the sector’s requests and complies, among other things by providing markings and designated lanes.

Iloilo City, he continued, is well known for its 45 kilometers of bike lanes.

Over 1,300 cyclists pass the neighborhood every day on Sen. Benigno S. Aquino Avenue alone.

The city administration has won the Galing Pook Awards twice: in 2012 for its Dinagyang Festival and in 2018 for the Iloilo-Batiano River Development Project.

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