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"Yes to Pedestrianization" (20/11/2020)

| SOCIAL COLLECTIVES, WORKING FOR ACTIVE SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY AND WHO ARE PART of the citizen Initiative "Cartagena friendly, city 30", APPLAUD THE DECISION OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT | Once again we are, in Cartagena, before a historic performance in the field of recovery of the city for people.

The pity is that it goes unnoticed because it is not accompanied by the informative-educational campaign that requires a measure of these characteristics.

We are talking about the successful action of the local government to signalize "Zone 30" around the old town. Let's refresh the memory.

Around 2006, the first measure took place in this area in our municipality and it was the pedestrianization of Calle del Carmen.

An action with political will by the mayor Pilar Barreiro that was widely supported, to the point that the citizen platform "Yes to Pedestrianization" was created, which collected thousands of signatures.

That decision was a milestone in the beginning of reclaiming the city for the people. A part of the population, among whom were some businessmen, did not previously see the benefits it would bring to the measure.

There were no known actions in this regard that had been carried out in cities like Oviedo.

The group of urban cyclists and pedestrians that already existed at that time, Vía Libre Cartagena, supported the measure without any doubt, they were aware of the improvement that was going to be experienced in the quality of life, for Cartagena and Cartagena in general and especially those who live in the environment.

The FAVCAC also supported the measure, but stated that it should be carried out differently.

In a discussion held on November 4, 2005, at the Cajamurcia Cultural Center, the Vía Libre Association already expressed: "People are asking for a livable city, without excess cars.And the merchants will be grateful that the area is pedestrianized.

"Fifteen years later that statement is true and not only that, but also the amount of life that is manifested in the Plaza de España-Puerto axis is manifest. Fifteen years later, he succeeds again with a measure that directs our beloved city (hopefully it will be extended to the neighborhoods) towards a friendly Cartagena.

Many cities (San Sebastián, Pontevedra, Vitoria, Bilbao,…) are taking these "steps" to give the city back to the people, a long time ago.

Let's continue like this, our elderly people, people with disabilities, our childhood, will thank us.

Source: MoviliCt por tu Salud

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