To help the cyclists know their roles and rights inside the road, the 5th Iloilo Bike Festival (IBF) committee is organizing a Transport Forum at The Box, 2nd floor of Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art (ILOMOCA), Casa de Emperador, Iloilo Business Park May 4 at 1pm.
“The City Government is glad that in this way, people especially cyclists and public utility jeepney (PUJ) drivers would know their roles on roads and also learn how to respect each other’s line when biking or driving ,” Mayor Jose Espinosa III said.
“The initiative is manifestation of the city’s commitment to being a bikeable and livable city,” IBF 2018 Festival Director Wilfredo Sy Jr. said.
Sy said the festival was first launched in 2013 to celebrate the growing biking culture and community in the city as well as inspire and encourage others to embrace the biking lifestyle as a form of sports, exercise, transportation and recreation.
Through the years, IBF has gathered more than a thousand bikers not just from the city but also from neighboring provinces and regions, he added.
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One of the forum organizers, Joseph Allen Españo said, the activity aims to promote road sharing among people.
“There are people who walk, bike, and persons with disabilities (PWDs) as well who use our road, so we will be discussing about road sharing and how to properly use the roads for our safety,” said Españo who is also vice president of In Solidum Student Council of University of Iloilo College of Law.
“Some people are not giving importance to bike lanes within the city,” he noted.
Environmentalist lawyer Antonio Oposa Jr. will be the guest speaker to participants composed of various bike groups, students from UI College of Law of, University of San Agustin, and Central Philippine University, PUJ groups, and taxi drivers. (Merianne Grace Ereñeta/Iloilo City PIO)