Planned cycle paths in the metropolitan area. :: SUR
In the not-too-distant future it will be possible to ride a bicycle everywhere in the metropolitan area of Malaga and cycle to the nerve centres of the provincial capital without risking one’s life amid the traffic or riding on pavements. This is thanks to the regional government’s first Plan Andaluza de la Bicicleta which aims to create 1,064 urban and inter-urban cycle paths in the eight provincial capitals of Andalucía as well as in Jerez and Algeciras, between now and 2020. The plan also includes the development and consolidation of a 3,080 kilometre regional network of cycle tourism paths, most of which will use already-existing cattle trails and rural lanes. This combination of projects will require an estimatedinvestment of 403.8 million euros, most of which (75 per cent) will be financed from the regionalgovernment’s funds. The remainder will be funded by the councils, either in cash or through handing over the income they can obtain by charging telephone operators and other services for use of the subsoil. As well as having to make the land available to the Junta de Andalucía, the councils will alsobe responsible for its maintenance.
In the case of Malaga province, the proposal is to set up a network of 114.73 kilometres which will link the whole stretch of coast from Fuengirola to Rincón de la Victoria, as well as creating two radial routes in the Guadalhorce Valley (Cártama-Technological Park -University and Alhaurín de la Torre-Churriana-Costa)with transversal connections between them.
40 more kms in the city
In Malaga, the aim is to extend and complete the existing network between the university and the rest of the city.
The plan will involve a basic infrastructure of a further 40 kms of cycle lanes (at present there are about 30) running north to south from Ciudad Jardín to the Avenida de Andalucía, where there will be connections with other branches as far as Teatinos in the west and La Malagueta in the east. The project will be on public display until the end of September and, if all goes according to schedule, it should be approved by the end of the year so that the works can begin in 2014.