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Cementos Progreso contributes innovations for BiciRuta 502 project

Cementos Progreso supports the BiciRuta 502 bicycle lanes with innovative alternatives. Some examples are signage printed in 3D concrete, the use of crushed plastic for environmental purposes, and the use of an integral pigment that reduces maintenance and lasts despite use and weather.

Cementos Progreso’s Market Development Unit is responsible for these innovations. Their mission is to develop opportunities and generate market growth to improve people’s quality of life. Together with the Research and Development Center team Cementos Progreso’s Corporate Citizenship, and Mixto Listo’s Technical Department, the BiciRuta 502 bicycle path projects were presented. These projects are underway in several Guatemalan departments, beginning with the Sacatepéquez route that covers the municipalities of Jocotenango, Antigua Guatemala, and Ciudad Vieja.

Cementos Progreso’s contributions to BiciRuta 502 will be innovative in nature and the bicycle lanes will benefit as follows:

  • In the first place, bike lanes will have integral pigment to define the roadway. This pigment is low-maintenance because the color will last in spite of the weather and bicycle traffic.
  • Secondly, shredded plastic will be used instead of sand, offering an alternative to re-use waste that has been sorted and processed, giving it a second life while preventing it from ending up in the landfill.

  • Thirdly, the bicycle icon is presented as signage for bicycle parking and has been printed in 3D thanks to the Research and Development Center. A prototype can be seen at Guatemala City’s Saúl restaurant in zone 10. This design was embellished by artist Maria Inés Lacayo who made it unique and is used to promote Guatemalan art. Cementos Progreso has the first 3D printer in the region, you can learn more about it here. (link to the video)

What is the BiciRuta 502 project about?

The Nueva Narrativa project’s first phase of bicycle lanes will have three components. The first is a mobility route between municipalities, the second is a scenic route, and the third, is a truism-encouraging path. The length of the bicycle lane is approximately 37 kilometers in length. Along the path 3D printed concrete icons and the use of integrally pigmented concrete incorporating the recycled plastic mix is planned to be installed.

This project responds to mobility challenges facing the city after a substantial increase in Guatemala’s vehicle fleet. These contributions by Cementos Progreso to the BiciRuta 502 project, allow it to share dreams and build realities.

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