With these European funds, accessible pedestrian itineraries will also be built on the same road
The Councilor for Sustainable Urban Development and European Funds, Enrique Talavera, reported yesterday that the City Council has obtained a grant from European funds amounting to 1,700,000 euros, with the aim of establishing low-emission zones in municipalities with more than 50,000 population.
The intervention consists of the transformation of Ayala street to provide it with a bike lane that connects with the current existing network and the creation of accessible pedestrian itineraries. “It is important to note that both Don Benito and Villanueva de la Serena have been able to opt for this aid because they constitute an urban area of more than 50,000 inhabitants. It goes without saying that the steps we are taking to merge have a very positive influence on the granting of this aid, “says the mayor.
Ayala Street is one of the main entrances to Don Benito and is where visitors to the region usually arrive at the commercial area. Therefore, the urban improvement of this access road with the execution of the bike lane and accessible pedestrian itineraries will have a direct impact on improving the existing commercial pedestrian axis and incorporating Ayala Street into it.
No battery parking
All this is achieved with an intervention in which the battery parking lots of both sidewalks are eliminated to convert them into online parking lots. In this way, it is possible to execute a bike lane in the green median that connects with those already existing in the city on Avenida de la Constitución and Avenida de Madrid.
One aspect to highlight is the connection of this new bike lane with the Bus Station. In the same way, accessible pedestrian itineraries are executed with the aim of improving and promoting pedestrian traffic. In short, “it is an intervention that optimizes urban mobility in the city, giving priority to pedestrians and cyclists, recovering space for them at the expense of what is currently occupied by private vehicles and car parks,” concludes Talavera.
The planned execution period is 12 months, counted from the reconsideration act, and the award amount is €2,057,000 (VAT included). The action is expected to be tendered at the beginning of 2023 and the works are expected to start in the second half of 2023.
On the other hand, the councilor also informs that on Thursday, October 6, Fernán Pérez Street will be closed to traffic, from the confluence with Donoso Cortés to the corner with Arenal and Santa Teresa de Jesús streets. These works are part of the Project for the Delimitation and Commissioning of the Network of Preferential Pedestrian Routes in the historic center of the city, which includes the streets Calles Ana Solo de Zaldívar, Donoso Cortés, Fernán Pérez, Arenal, Velasco, May Day and Groizard.
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