Muscat: A pact to promote Madinat Al Irfan as a cycling friendly city has been signed.
The pact, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by Madinat Al Irfan Development Company SAOC, a partnership between OMRAN and Majid Al Futtaim Properties, and the Oman Cycling Association (OCA).
It seeks to exchange experiences between the two sides on how to further the integration of cycling activities into the five-million square metre project.
Commenting on this important milestone, Talib Omar Al Bulooshi, Executive Manager of Madinat al Irfan Development company SAOC, said, “Madinat Al Irfan’s vision is to be a City for the Future. We aspire to offer its residents and visitors a planned, sustainable and smart mixed-use urban environment. Madinat Al Irfan is inspired by best international planning practices and will be inspiring in its distinctively Omani contemporary life style offering. The collaboration with Oman Cycling Association will enable us to benefit from their experience to improve on the planned urban bikeways for daily transport and the more challenging off-road cycling trails that are already integrated into our Phase One master plan.”
David Lappartient, President of the Union Cycliste Internationale applauded this initiative, saying: “Madinat Al Irfan vision is indeed inspiring and grand. I am very happy to know that cycling is already integrated into the planning of the city from an infrastructure and lifestyle perspective, an opportunity that not too many cities have.”
Cycling is an environmentally friendly form of transport that will deliver both environmental and social benefits for Oman in the long-term.”
Saif Al-Rashdi, Chairman of Oman Cycling Association, said: “It’s an incredible milestone to see cycling being integrated within one of Oman’s flagship new destinations. This initiative directly aligns with the government’s vision for sustainable developments, while promoting the healthier lifestyle that is at the core of our mission. Madinat Al Irfan’s geographical size and hilly terrain is a cyclist’s dream for a cyclo-city, that is integrated and safe to cycle through and full of challenges as well. We are so optimistic that with the success of this initiative, cycling will become more accepted as a mode of transport and will foster its development nationally.”
It is to be noted that enabling earthworks for the construction of Madinat Al Irfan Experience Centre commenced end of 2019 with target opening date of this first building end of this year.
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