Circulation through Elche will undergo an important transformation once the layout of the bike lanes that the Department of Sustainable Mobility has on the table is finished. Projects in which, between now and the end of the mandate, in 2023, the Elche City Council plans to invest more than one million euros. To the municipal contribution, the City Council will add funds from the European Union and other sources of public financing that it wants to explore to multiply the investment capacity in sustainable mobility.
To begin with, the municipal budgets for 2021 already have the funds that have been reserved to finish the work of the bike lane on Avenida Mayor Ramón Pastor. This work, which completes the cycling ring, represents an investment of € 300,000 and is included in the EDUSI projects.
Also within the EDUSI project package, the creation of a new bike lane is contemplated that connects the one that is being done in Mayor Ramón Pastor avenue with the General Hospital of Elche, passing through Sector V. It is a bike lane, which they want it to be bi-directional. It will cross Pedro Juan Perpiñán avenue, cross the Pont de la Generalitat and continue towards Magraner street, passing by the hospital center and the public institutes La Asunción, Cayetano Sempere and Pere Ibarra.
The work to be carried out in Pedro Juan Perpiñán to equip this road with a bike lane will have to be coordinated with the public bus stop accessibility project, which will take as an example the actions that are currently being carried out in the axis formed by Avenida de la Libertad, Ferrocarril and Universidad.
The next bike lane project that the City Council plans to promote, as explained by the mayor of Sustainable Mobility, Esther Díez, is the one that will connect the bike lane that has just been enabled on Juan Carlos I street, in the center, with the City Sporty, crossing the avenue of Alicante. The mayor explained that “it is about giving continuity to the intervention that has just been carried out with the provisional bike lanes”, where, she indicated, “we are going to try not to interfere in the parking lots, to eliminate, if necessary, the least possible , since we understand that in this area they can be maintained ». In Altabix, the City Council has ruled out that the new bike lanes could eliminate lanes from the circulation of motor traffic.
The Sustainable Mobility Department’s plans also include making some improvements to the bike lane that currently exists on Avenida de la Libertad and Avenida de la Ferrocarril, where, according to Esther Díez, “there are ramps that must be resolved to improve conditions in this area, introducing separation elements in some sections of the Avenida del Ferrocarril and completing the one that passes through the IES Misteri d’Elx ».
Another action to expand the network of bike lanes in Elche is the one planned to be carried out on Diagonal and Ausias March streets. This project replaces the provisional bike lane that was originally going to be installed on Avenida de Novelda, but was eventually discarded in order not to eliminate a traffic lane for motor vehicles.
The option being considered both in Diagonal Street and in Ausias March is to create a bi-directional bike lane. In the case of the section of Calle Diagonal, it will replace the current lane in which bicycles and motor vehicles coexist, which the municipal urban mobility area considers to be eliminated.
The projects of Pedro Juan Perpiñán, the avenue of Alicante, Diagonal and Ausias March require an investment of 500,000 euros, which added to that of the other projects in which it is working, means that in three years Elche has invested more than one million euros to promote bicycle transport, with a route that allows to bypass the urban area and cross it through specific lanes.
They discard the coexistence of bicycles and cars
The coexistence between motor vehicles and bicycles on the same road has been ruled out by the Department of Sustainable Mobility. An example of this option can be seen today on Diagonal street. The mayor Esther Díez explained that “it is a model that does not work since it does not provide security to the bicycle user, who only chooses to circulate on exclusive lanes. Users want security and we do not observe that there is coexistence between the bike and the cars, so we discard this system to favor bicycle transport.
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