by Tara Yap | June 3, 2022 | Published by Manila Bulletin | READ THE STORY HERE

ILOILO CITY – A multi-sector team has started gathering data on bike usage in this city which coincided with the commemoration of World Bicycle Day Friday, June 3.

Dubbed “Friday Bike Count,” it will count the number of people using bicycles as part of gathering information “to help craft more inclusive and responsive policies that will further encourage active mobility, road sharing, and safety.”

The bike count that will be held for four Fridays this month is a collaborative project of the Iloilo City government, the Iloilo Folding Bike Riders (iFOLD), the Department of Public Works and Highways Region 6 (DPWH Western Visayas), and the Mobility Awards.

Data collected will be used to plan and monitor existing road infrastructure as well as other potential infrastructures.

According to Mayor Jerry Treñas here, the data gathering will further strengthen the reputation of Iloilo City as one of the country’s “bike-friendly” cities.

Since 2014, Iloilo City has been promoting bikes as an alternative transportation. This was largely due to the construction of bike lanes and several private-led initiatives, including the annual Iloilo Bike Festival.

Bike usage also soared in the Covid-19 pandemic with regular folks using it as transportation to go to work.

Photo: WORKERS ride bicycles to and from work in Iloilo City which is touted as one of the country’s ‘bike-friendly’ cities. (Tara Yap/Manila Bulletin)