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The City Council Launches Comprehensive + bike (18/09/2008)

The Councillor for Infrastructure and Transport, José Vicente Albaladejo, presented today at the conclusion of the European Mobility Week, the Comprehensive + bike, with which the city of Cartagena want to put in place, for the future a series of measures to promote cycling in our city mobility.

According to José Vicente Albaladejo, "the program is designed in key future-now no bike culture in Cartagena, and encompasses all aspects relating to the municipal organization and management of mobility in the city cyclist, infrastructure and services linked to the bicycle, city planning, citizen participation, information and awareness and even the rules relating to this area. "

+ Bike is a project that has an implementation period between the years 2008 and 2010.

The overall budget of 1,150,000 ", of which 375,560 have they been provided by the Ministry of Development through a call for grants to support projects aimed at sustainable mobility in metropolitan environments.

+ Bike program includes a total of twenty different actions to be carried out over three years, among which I would highlight the following:

Corporate image design program and presenting it to the society of Cartagena and the major associations and institutions related to the topic.

An action that starts today and runs in the coming weeks with several presentations to local associations, the insertion of leaflets in the local press on Saturday (September 20) and the implementation of a corporate website of the program.

Organizing a Bicycle Municipal Office, a department that has already begun to take its first steps with the implementation of the actions included in this project, which is composed of two municipal officers and in a first phase the functions will implementation of the actions of + bike, track cycling mobility in the city of Cartagena, the production of performance projects linked to the bike and raising funds for the development of these and other performances.

This Office will be integrated into the future at the Municipal Office of Mobility in whose organization also is working.

A utomation of bicycle hire service Bicity, which involves the implantation of a new system in which users can perform the management of all lending and return of the bike by tower informative e-cards and card readers provided (similar to the retailers of the ORA.)

Thus, it will get freed from the laborious task of lending to the five officials in charge of it now, extend the hours of loan to make it a true system of mobility, to extend its operations to weekends and holidays, expand the number of loan points, streamline the location of them and improve system security and control.

Cartagena City Council has already had contacts with all major companies and is currently developing the technical specifications for the procurement of this service is expected to be resolved early next year.

Building an extensive network of bike lanes in the town of Cartagena and its suburbs.

In a first phase, will address the construction of the belt of the old bike path, continuing the existing leg in Jorge Juan by Round the Union Captains Ripoll, Plaza de Bastarreche, Cuesta del Batel, Paseo de Alfonso XII, Calle Real , Plaza of Spain and Alameda de San Antón.

The first of these fragments to be executed is the period from the Tourist Office of the Gates of San José (Plaza de Bastarreche) and the Plaza de los Héroes de Cavite, whose project is immersed in the recruitment process.

Also, in parallel with this project, they will be providing bike lanes all those areas that are undergoing a remodeling process, as we are doing in Angel Bruna.

Complete the project a second ring of bike lanes that embrace the urban space and some suburbs, and the connections of these belts with major businesses and entertainment of the municipality (Polygon Cabezo Beaza, Navantia, Tentegorra, etc.).

Increase the number of bicycle parking in the town of Cartagena.

To do this, from the Department of Infrastructure and Transportation is conducting an analysis of those places where there is greater potential demand for this type of car to get them by giving them progressively.

A pessimism, through the website Cartagena "bike", it offers the possibility of their own citizens who tell us that parts of the city considered more necessary these infrastructures.

Implementation of a Bicycle City Clerk.

It is a service that can offer the opportunity for all bike owners to register Cartagena, through a simple software application that can be accessed at www.cartagena.es/

registrobicicletas , to facilitate recovery in case of loss or theft.

Designing a web page monograph on the bike ( bike Cartagena) . A website was created with the intention of becoming a meeting place for all urban cyclists Cartagena and where you will find information on the existing cycling infrastructure, projects underway, the applicable rules and activities that will develop within and outside our city.

This website is part of a series of actions of communication, information and awareness that will be done during these three years.

Organizing a technical conference devoted to analyzing the status of cycling in our city mobility and experiences of other municipalities who already have an extensive career in this field.

Are initially programmed for the first quarter of next year 2009.

Promoting citizen participation in decision-making processes linked to the bike.

To this end, has launched a participatory body, called Civic Committee and the Bicycle Pedestrian, which are part of the association Vía Libre, ONCE, Fandif and the Federation of Neighborhood Associations.

Also present are local police and technicians of the Office of the Bicycle.

Throughout this year, have already held two meetings and this provided a third for the month of October.

This Commission has as its objectives the actions agree with its member associations, collecting tips, guidelines and applications thereof, and subjecting the work of City Hall for mobility rider to an evaluation and control by their members.

Also continue to work within the Working Table on Sustainable Mobility Cartagena, which are represented a total of forty organizations, associations and companies related to this area, and has its next meeting on 24 September Youth Resource Center.

Finally, note other actions being carried out on this, as the development of a Local Strategy for Sustainable Mobility Cartagena, approval of the Social Pact for Sustainable Mobility Cartagena, preparation of a municipal ordinance on Mobility, and description a set of technical criteria for rider mobility be incorporated into development projects.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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