IT’S a back-to-back win for Iloilo City, as it bagged another gold, this time in the 2021 Bike Lane Awards held last November 26 in celebration of National Bike Day.

The victory came a day after getting gold for most bicycle-friendly city in the country given by the private sector-led Mobility Awards.

“We are moving closer to our vision of making a more sustainable metropolis for all. Thank you for recognizing the beauty of the City of Love!” Mayor Jerry Treñas said.

Iloilo City bested Pasig, which got silver, and Quezon City, which got bronze.

Other cities that joined were Taguig, Mandaue, Mandaluyong, Cebu, Davao, Tabuk, San Fernando (La Union), Cagayan de Oro, Sta. Rosa (Laguna) and Naga (Camarines Sur).

The Bike Lane Awards was organized to acknowledge the accomplishments of the local government units (LGUs) and showcase their innovative practices and interventions for the promotion of active transport, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“Our office would like to congratulate the Iloilo City Government, headed by Honorable Mayor Jerry P. Treñas, for their outstanding efforts in promoting a sustainable, inclusive, secure and active transport system. Batò, Iloilo!” Iloilo City DILG posted on their Facebook page.

Supported by the Department of Transportation, Department of Public Works and Highways, and Department of Health, the award aims to highlight LGUs that best utilize the efficiency and effectiveness of bike lanes.

Anchored on a more sustainable and inclusive transport system, the said award also aims to promote road safety for all road users, as well as share innovative practices to improve active transport infrastructure as an example to other LGUs.

This is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 1052, s. 2020 declaring the fourth Sunday of November every year as “National Bicycle Day” in the Philippines to highlight the importance of non-motorized transportation. (PR)