Tuesday, November 24

Cycling and neighborhood collectives come out in defense of the new bike lanes after criticism from the opposition



Six cycling, environmental and neighborhood collectives have come together to develop a manifesto in defense of the new bike lanes installed in José María Buck and Juan Carlos I avenue, after criticism from the opposition, which in the case of the PP even distributed banners against it. The document, signed by Margalló – Elx en Bici – Ecologistes en Acció d’Elx, Elche Patina – Elche Skating Club, CC OO Vinalopó ‐ Vega Baja, the Ilicitana Association of Electric Scooters (AIPE), 30 Days by Bike – Elx and Associació Veïnal Raval expresses that “we express our full support for the new bike lanes on José María Buck street, Juan Carlos I avenue and Alicante avenue, as well as their implementation as an example to follow in future cycling infrastructures”.

In addition, they point out that it is not true that the project has been carried out, as they maintain from Cs without consulting the public, since “these bike lanes materialize some of the actions discussed in the process of public participation in the preparation of the new Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, have been exhibited since July and, in some way, they respond to the voices that since the de-escalation in May / June we exposed the need for large spaces dedicated to more sustainable means of mobility (especially recommended, in addition, by all administrations and experts in the context of the pandemic.

The statement does not forget the voices that criticize that the Juan Carlos I lane will cause traffic jams at school entry and exit times, and point out that “with this action The bad and illegal practice of double-parking on said avenue is necessarily eradicated and sustainable mobility among the population is promoted, including, of course, the nearby educational community “.

This is the full statement published by the six groups:

The undersigned collectives, concerned about sustainable mobility, express our full support for the new bike lanes on José María Buck street, Juan Carlos I avenue and Alicante avenue, as well as their implementation as an example to follow in future infrastructures cyclists. Likewise, we celebrate the execution of the bike path on Avenida Alcalde Ramón Pastor, which will link the Ronda Sur with Avenida de la Libertad and will facilitate other connections such as the future bike path on Avenida Pere Joan Perpinyà.

Although total continuity is necessary in the new bike lane on José María Buck street at both ends, that is, connecting this street with the bike lane on Avenida de la Libertad, on the one hand, and with the Corredora, on the one hand the other, as well as streamlining the continuity of the bike lane along the entire avenue of Alicante, we recognize the important turn that the Ajuntament d’Elx makes towards a model of bike lane that deals with bicycles and other personal mobility vehicles as a true mode of travel in the city.

In the case of the José María Buck bike lane, which has been operating for just over a week, we congratulate ourselves on the magnificent and immediate reception by its users, highlighting the technical work carried out to offer us safety and agility through the physical separation with bollards and other separating elements, a separation that the groups involved have been requesting in this type of urban infrastructure for years.

As for Joan Carles I / avenida de Alicante, we value very positively the brave bet to suppress one of the two lanes of motorized traffic to assign it to bicycles, skates, scooters, electric scooters and other VMPs in a safe way. With this action, the bad and illegal practice of double-parking on said avenue is necessarily eradicated and sustainable mobility among the population is promoted, including, of course, the nearby educational community, to make Elx a more livable municipality.

The occupation of part of the road, reducing road traffic to allocate a wide space to the bike lane in both directions with the vertical, horizontal and regulatory traffic lights is what cities such as Valencia have been doing in recent years, a benchmark of success in this type infrastructure, which, in addition to being recognized with distinctions, has the best recognition, which is its massive use by citizens.

These cycle lanes materialize some of the actions debated in the public participation process for the elaboration of the new Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, they have been exhibited since July and, in some way, respond to the voices that since the de-escalation in May / June we have been exposing the need for large spaces dedicated to more sustainable means of mobility (especially recommended, in addition, by all administrations and experts in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic).

We therefore encourage and urge the City Council of Elx to continue expanding in an agile way the network of bike lanes following this model, which, moreover, does not conflict with pedestrian traffic, which should also be a priority. Likewise, we express the need to continue investing in cycling infrastructures aimed at connecting all the existing sections of bike lanes that are still unconnected.

Actions like these mark a milestone in our municipality and face it towards the European green capital. We also encourage other groups to join this manifesto, which is open to new adhesions through the email [email protected], adhesions that will be published in the digital media of the entities that sign this document.

They subscribe to the manifest:

– Margalló – Elche by Bike – Ecologists in Action of Elche

– Elche Patina – Elche Skating Club

– CCOO Vinalopó ‐ Vega Baja

– Illicit Association of Electric Scooters (AIPE)

– 30 Days by Bike – Elx

– Raval Neighborhood Association

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