Friday, March 1

Juan Carlos I will join the streets of Badajoz without curbs this year

It was the turn of Juan Carlos I. The Badajoz City Council has achieved three million euros to improve mobility in the city and will allocate 560,000 euros to lower curbs and promote the pedestrianization of this avenue.

Some time ago the Badajoz City Council had among its plans to modify Calle Mayor, where commerce has been falling progressively in recent years. Its design, based on arcades, has damaged shop windows and bars.

Now the City Council wants to incorporate this artery into the commercial and pedestrian axis of Menacho and Francisco Pizarro, as well as extend the model of streets with priority for pedestrians that it will implement between the Puerta de Palmas and the Alcazaba. The goal is for there to be more people walking around to buy on the ground floor of the buildings. “There will be wider sidewalks to encourage traffic and other facilities, such as nightstands,” explains the Councilor for Urban Planning, Carlos Urueña.

Calle Mayor will have one lane for each direction of traffic, will eliminate car parks and will have wider sidewalks

In March of last year, the Consistory had a fairly advanced project. But it has not been until now when, once the provisional award of the projects of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (MITMA) has been published, the amount of the subsidy that it achieves and that exceeds half a million is known. The city will have to contribute 20% of that amount. The action must be executed before December 31, 2024 and go out to tender in the coming months.

The project will eliminate the unevenness between the sidewalks and the arcades with the rest of the avenue to give priority to pedestrians over vehicles.

Cars are expected to continue to circulate, but in one lane for each direction. Right now there are two towards the Puerta de Palmas and another two towards the Plaza de Minayo. The reform of the avenue will cover its entire length and the elimination of car parks.

All these changes will be accompanied by a mobility plan, which the City Council has already put out to tender. This document is one of the requirements of Europe to grant community funds. These subsidies seek to “decarbonize” mobility and give pedestrians more prominence over vehicles. In short, that citizens go to more and more places on foot and by bike.

To promote the two pedals, this line of aid now provides 675,000 euros for bike lanes. This figure coincides with the budget managed by the City Council to extend the network by twelve kilometres. In some cases, to join existing sections, such as the Circunvalación, although in others they will be replaced, such as Sinforiano Madroñero or the Paseo Fluvial, and new ones will be built, such as those that will join Cerro Gordo and La Pilara with the highway to Madrid.

The amount

  • €3,103,891
    is the total grant awarded to the city. From there, 560,000 euros will go to Juan Carlos I, another 675,000 euros to connect or create new bike lanes, another 1.6 million to buy electric buses and another 268,891 euros for charging points.

These sections are joined by another project that has already raised another two million euros, also from Europe, to create a four-kilometre bike lane around the walls and purchase electric bikes.

More electric buses

Another axis of these funds is to reduce CO2 emissions and “decarbonise” public transport. And that’s where both electric bikes and buses of this technology come in.

In this other line, the City Council has obtained 1.6 million euros, with which it will acquire eight electric buses. The subsidy will be 200,000 euros for each one and the city will contribute 400,000 euros per unit, according to the Councilor for Transport, Jesús Coslado. Badajoz has been making an effort to renew the Tubasa fleet for several years now. This spring the city will debut seven. In addition to the 1.6 million euros now awarded, the city will receive another 268,891 euros to install charging points for these electric buses.

The city will have to provide co-financing for all these projects. To do this, he signed a loan of 12.5 million euros before the end of the year with the idea of ​​repaying it next spring. Once the City Council presents the initiatives, the amount that the city will finally contribute and the details of each initiative will be known.

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