After approval by the City Council, Malaga has joined the Network of Cities for Bicycles
Malaga City Council has approved the capital’s membership of the Network of Cities for Bicycles, an association to which almost 1,000 Spanish municipalities already belong.
Jose del Rio, the mobility adviser, presented the proposal to the Planning Commission, which unanimously supported it. Approval includes joining said network as of January 1, 2022.
An annual fee of €3,000 will be included in the municipal budget. It is a sum that is designated according to the number of inhabitants of a city, which is subject to future modifications by agreement of the annual meeting of members.
Among the objectives promoted by this network of municipal councils is the promotion of initiatives aimed at making cycling “safer”. This objective is achieved by stepping up measures to promote the bicycle as a “quiet, clean, affordable and sustainable vehicle”, as well as an “alternative to the car and motorbike for short journeys”. It also increases the infrastructure for the use of this means of transport.
Remedios Ramos, of United We Can, stressed that supporting the motion is not “a blank cheque”, and reiterated that the council must continue to commit to “Malaga being a sustainable city in terms of mobility ” and that it has “enough kilometers of cycle paths”.
Jorge Quero, a councilor for the socialist municipal group – although he supported the proposal – criticized the city council for having opted for “chaos” and “insecurity” in the management of the capital’s cycle paths. They asked that “sufficient measures be promoted to sanction reckless behavior that endangers the lives of cyclists”.
The proposal presented by Espace Mobilité was unanimously approved with 14 votes in favor, as reported theopinionofmalaga.es.
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