The Councillor for the Environment, Dámaso Aparicio and the Councillor for Urban Transportation, José Galiano, has presented the Action Plan for “Orihuela the 100% cyclable City”. The project is part of the Urban Development Strategy Sustainable Integrated (EDUSI), co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Operational Program for Sustainable Growth, 2014-2020.
This strategy is based on promoting a low carbon economy in the area, so its objectives are mainly to promote sustainable urban mobility – such as cycling – and make parts of the city a CO2 free space, so that it becomes a reference for the rest of the municipality” said the Councillor Environment.
The Councillor was joined by the technical editor of the strategy, Carlos Martín, who explained that the lines of action regarding the cycling infrastructure will consist of “expanding and consolidating the segregated and continuous bike lane network; ensure good maintenance and cleaning of the local cycling network; continue to increase the parking offer and promote the creation of a network of services aimed at facilitating bicycle maintenance”.
The Councillor of Environment also said that the department intended to present in the coming days a more concrete project on the use of the bicycle in the urban area.”
As pointed out by the technical editor of this strategy, Carlos Martín, the bicycle is “a tool for the transformation of urban space and also for social transformation that has repercussions in other areas of the city”. Consequently, he stressed the importance of continuing to promote citizen mobility campaigns that encourage the use of this means of transport and more specifically, in Orihuela, known for its tourist attractions and favourable climate.
From the Department of Urban Transportation, Councillor Galiano has stressed the intention of “creating a transport plan that is more sustainable and in which you can provide alternative transport in the city. Making Orihuela 100 percent cycle friendly will improve the environment and ensure that people have more transport alternatives”.