Iloilo City Government in partnership with environmentalists, private institutions and foundations will hold the 1st Iloilo Bike Festival with the theme “Updanay ta magbisikleta sa Iloilo na!” on March 30.
“This is a sports tourism activity that pushes for healthy lifestyle, creates awareness of protecting environment, and highlights the attractions of our city,” Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog said.
“It’s time to showcase our new bike lanes particularly in Benigno Aquino Avenue and bring the message to the world that Iloilo City is an environmentally-conscious city,” he added.
Organizers aim to gather thousands of bikers from different places in and out of the region.
The festival includes a biking tour as a physical exercise and a non-polluting means of transportation that allows access to various destinations along the tourism circuits.
The event will start 4:00 p.m. in the Megaworld Iloilo Business Park area in Mandurriao district.
It will be a tour of important attractions in Iloilo City with incentives for bikers who can visit the whole circuit.
The routes include Megaworld, Plaza Libertad, Fort San Pedro, Muelle Loney, Calle Real, Arroyo Fountain, Gen. Luna, Molo Plaza, Arevalo Plaza, Carpenters Bridge, Iloilo River Esplanade, Diversion Raod, Jaro Plaza (Graciano Lopez Jaena Park) La Paz Plaza, Calle Real and back to Megaworld.
The objectives of the bike fun ride are to promote healthy lifestyle through the use of bicycle for sports, to advocate the protection of the environment with non-polluting means of transport, to create awareness of the attractions in the local tourism circuits as biking route, and to promote and implement road safety policies for bicycles.
There will be food festival, concerts and bike show after the tour.