Over 5,000 bikers were recorded during the first Friday Bike Count June 3 which kick-started in celebration of World Bicycle Day and launching of Annual Iloilo Bike Festival.
The gathering of data about bike users in the city is being done in 20 strategic locations, during peak hours at 6-8am and 4-6pm will be again implemented on June 10, 17 and 24.
Mayor Jerry Treñas stressed the initiative boosts Iloilo City’s growing reputation as Bike-Friendly City and Bike Capital of the Philippines.
City Hall has been working with concerned offices, advocates and biking community in promoting bike culture and lifestyle.
The metropolis was awarded back-to-back Gold in Mobility Awards given by non-government organizations and Bike Lane Awards given by national government agencies last year.
The Friday Bike Count to be conducted on four Fridays of June is organized in collaboration with the City Government, Iloilo Folding Bike Riders (iFOLD), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office 6, and Mobility Awards.
Teams composed of personnel of Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO), DPWH-6, and volunteers were mobilized.
Organizers said the information will be used to help craft more inclusive and responsive policies that will further encourage active mobility, road sharing and safety.
Consistent data generated will be utilized in transport planning and monitoring of road infrastructure, and other potential opportunities that the city can optimize.
Analysis and results will be shared to the general public. (Iloilo City PIO)
File Photos By Arnold Almacen/Iloilo City Mayor’s Office