Cycling group urges CDC to construct bike lanes

CLARK FREEPORT -- An environment and cycling advocacy group has urged the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) to construct bike lanes inside the Freeport.

The Fireflies Brigade, organizer of the Tour of the Fireflies Clark, said bike lanes will allow both bike enthusiasts and employees who go to work on their bikes safe rides and easy access of the Freeport.

Pio Fortuno Jr., vice-president of the Fireflies Brigade, earlier lauded the CDC, one of the major sponsors of the Tour of the Fireflies Clark, for supporting the cycling event.

The Fireflies Brigade recently organized a local committee, consisting of some 70 volunteers from Angeles City, to handle the 18th Tour of the Fireflies bike caravan on November 18 inside the Freeport and nearby Angeles City.

Fortuno said that fireflies disappeared in Metro Manila because of pollution.

“When I was a kid, in Quezon City, I used to catch fireflies in our backyard and our church at the UP It’s beautiful, but now there are no more fireflies in Metro Manila,” Fortuno said.

“Fireflies, it turns out, are indicators of good and clean air. If the air is clean around, you will see fireflies,” he added.

Fortuno at the same time cited the qualities of Clark and Angeles City as a biking area.

“I look at Angeles City, I bike here and I love it here. Dito kasi sa Clark may fireflies pa e. Let us all work to retain those fireflies here in Angeles City. We do not want Angeles to turn into something like Metro Manila which is congested and polluted. We are here to promote consciousness of cycling,” Fortuno said.

Edna De Jesus Eufemio, a member of the TOF Clark organizing committee and proprietor of Ad Central, said that they are expecting 600 bikers during the event.

“Our advocacy is for bicycle promotion as well as clean air and sustainable transportation. We are lobbying for legislation especially for cities like Angeles to come up with legislation to create and establish bike lanes. The idea is share the road,” Eufemio said.

She said that they will be giving away bikes for several lucky raffle winners during the fun ride.

Eufemio reminded the participants to bring their protective gears and illuminations during the night ride.

Aside from CDC, the TOF Clark committee also thanked other sponsors including the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, Tern Bike, Bickerton Bike, Eurotel Hotel, North Luzon Expressway Corporation, Smart Telecom, and Mars Kingdom Bike.
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