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Month of Mobility ratifies the commitment of Sustainable Development by a friendly and accessible municipality (21/10/2017)

The talk-colloquium on 'Sustainable City and Mobility', held last Thursday at the Auditorium of the Technical School of Industrial Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT), was the closing of the Mobility Month, a set of events scheduled from the area of ​​Sustainable Development, directed by María José Soler (MC).

The event, in collaboration with the collective MoviliCT, the City Council, UPCT and ALSA, was attended by the general coordinator of Sustainable Development, Jesús Giménez;

the rector of the UPCT, Alejandro Díaz;

the urban planning technician and international expert on sustainable mobility, Alfonso Sanz, as well as representatives of MoviliCT.

During his speech, the general coordinator of Sustainable Development, Jesús Giménez, reviewed the objectives of M17, the strategic mobility plan of the City of Cartagena, which is also included in the objectives of the European 2020 Strategy, which began to work in June of 2015 under the direction of the then mayor Jose López.

Among the measures that have been worked or done at present are the Plan for Sustainable Urban Mobility in La Manga;

developed by the UPCT in the framework of the chair held by the teaching institution and the City Council;

progress in the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan in Cartagena;

the regulation of access to the restricted areas of the Historic District, with the creation of intermodal areas of public and private transport for access to this area, pending coordination with Citizen Security for the use of cameras already available;

the measures of free public transport in festive dates next to the deterrent car parks, registering a notable increase of users;

the increase of semi-pedestrian zones, with a study of the UPCT Chair on Pedestrian Behavior, which is linked to the commissioning of '30 zones', applying restricted speed in vehicles and giving priority to pedestrians;

the improvement in the strength of the major roads;

the increase in the interconnection of cycle lanes;

the arrangements for the implementation of the bicycle rental system, and there is already a service for public employees;

the establishment of a network of recharges of electric vehicles, the first being the Puertas de San José, as well as the acquisition of the first electric vehicle of the City Council or the creation of 'supermanzanas' in the Ensanche.

All these measures and other contributions are dealt with in the Mobility Table, a work forum with a marked participative character in which, in addition to the City Council, groups and institutions such as MoviliCT, the UPCT, the Chamber of Commerce of Cartagena, the Trade Federation or the Port Authority, understood as expressed by Jesus Giménez, that "to make a municipality more friendly and accessible the first step is to escape the imposition."

The Coordinator of Sustainable Development concluded that "the Month of Mobility in Cartagena has made very present the need for it to be a municipality that is committed to sustainable mobility."

The Month of Mobility symbolizes the commitment of the municipal government, from the area of ​​Sustainable Development, for the transformation of Cartagena into a municipality that is more friendly, sustainable and accessible to all;

where priority is given to improving the quality of life of citizens, objectives that define a work that flee from short-termism and in which there is participation of groups, the UPCT, neighbors and other entities, far from other periods of political management based on taxation.


The day included the presentation of Alfonso Sanz, urbanist technician and international expert in sustainable mobility, who made the presentation 'Sustainable mobility a day'.

Sanz, who has worked as a consultant in 30 Spanish cities in cities such as San Sebastián, Vitoria and Seville, collaborating in his urban planning and mobility plans, explored some of the essential measures to advance in Cartagena towards sustainable mobility.

Among these he referred to the restriction of the automobile, as a pillar of the development of mobility;

the recovery of public spaces;

reduced pedestrian paths;

the creation of 'zones 30', of limited speed;

the promotion of mobility, accessibility and school roads;

the concentration of the car parks or the design of a general plan that incorporates the pedestrian and bicycle network, among others.


The talk last Thursday was the final act of the Month of Mobility that has organized the Sustainable Development area of ​​the City of Cartagena from September 15 to October 19.

Activities that have been carried out include the 'European Mobility Week';

the implementation of free bus lines;

the commissioning of the first electrical recharging station;

the Roman Punic cycle route;

the establishment of a bicycle service for municipal employees or the organization of Bike Day or the talk 'Sustainable City and Mobility'.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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