CLARK FREEPORT — The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) is set to complete Phase 3 of the ongoing construction of this Freeport’s bike lanes project by July 2021.
The Freeport’s Engineering Services Group (ESG)-Construction Management Division (CMD) report to CDC president Manuel Gaerlan highlighted the bike lane project dubbed as the “New Clark City Non-Motorized Transport System to Clark Freeport Zone.”
With the aim to continuously promote this Freeport as a green, walkable, and bike-friendly community, the project was planned and designed by CDC-ESG and was supported by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA).
According to Eric Jimenez, communications division head, construction of the said bike lane began on 23 February 2021 which involved the creation of four meter-width and 7.96 kilometers asphalt pavement with markings and a reinforced concrete bridge for cyclists.
It also covers the area from the corner of C.M. Recto Avenue and Creekside road going to Panday Pira Avenue rotunda to Mabalacat Gate and from Gil Puyat Avenue to Prince Balagtas Avenue at the Marcos Village in this Freeport.
Phase 1 of the project was completed in 2019 while Phase 2 was finished in February 2021. These lanes are now being enjoyed by numerous bikers and cycling enthusiasts in the Freeport.
The CDC has also started the “Clark Bike Days,” a program dedicated to anyone who would like to traverse and experience pedaling to the scenic routes of this Freeport.
The “bike days” held every Saturday and Sunday feature a morning and afternoon schedule from 5 to 10 a.m. and 3:30 to 6 p.m. One of the designated bike routes for this program is the Prince Balagtas Road.
The provision of the program aims to promote healthy lifestyle and to stimulate local tourism in the area. CDC officials, executives, and members of the CDC Board of Directors also supported this initiative by advocating and implementing the “bike culture” within the Freeport.
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