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Urban bike park cited for promoting active lifestyle


Aerial view of Circulo Verde.

Aerial view of Circulo Verde.

Ortigas & Co., a Filipino real estate development firm, has received international recognition for its efforts to promote an active lifestyle among Metro Manila’s urban dwellers through its project, The Bike Playground.

The Bike Playground, the only bike park in the country, has won a Bronze at the Stevie Awards for Excellence in Innovation in Consumer Product and Service Industries, not only for its world-class facility that promotes cycling, but also for giving people an opportunity to enjoy the multiple benefits of an active lifestyle. It is located within Circulo Verde, a 10-hectare master-planned community in Quezon City — within easy reach of residents within the metropolis.

Geared primarily towards the biking community, it is the Philippines’ first signature Pump Park built by Velosolutions, headed by international designer and mountain bike luminary Claudio Calouri. It houses the country’s first indoor asphalt pump track, as well as an outdoor trail and a kids’ track for all skill levels and types of bicycles.

To promote an active lifestyle among all ages and even to non-bikers, it offers bike rentals and assistance from highly skilled and experienced coaches for a well-rounded service.

Inside the Bike Playground.

Inside the Bike Playground.

Beyond its amenities, it has also brought global sporting events into the country, offering bike enthusiasts world-class experiences to join or aspire for. These include the Red Bull Pump Track World Championships qualifier, undertaken in cities around the world ahead of the finals held in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

No less than Dutch professional mountain biker Joost Wichman, winner of the 2013 UCI Championship and a celebrity in the biking world, was the Race Manager at the Philippine event.

In addition, French Pump Track And World Champion Adrien Loron was special guest and held special lessons during the park’s grand launch.

“The company has long recognized the dearth of open spaces in the city, keeping people from enjoying the benefits of an active lifestyle. In conceptualizing The Bike Playground, we wanted to create a destination where people can bike freely or competitively, as well as enjoy physical, health and wellness activities with their friends and family,” said Jimmy Ysmael, president and CEO of Ortigas & Co.

“We’re very happy to note that in just one year of operations, people are embracing a life of activity and wellness through The Bike Playground. The award is a testament to our commitment to offer solutions that meet Filipinos’ evolving lifestyles,” he concluded.

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