Huge queues put a spoke in the wheel of a cycle lane trial in Malaga

Queues of cars on the Paseo de los Curas at around 3pm this Monday.
Queues of cars on the Paseo de los Curas at around 3pm this Monday. / ÑITO SALAS
  • The 'little-used' bike lane scheme on the Pablo Ruiz Picasso promenade had the brakes put on it after the complaints from grid-locked motorists on Monday

Huge tailbacks of traffic, caused by the creation of a cycle lane trial scheme in Malaga city centre led to the brakes quickly being applied to the project.

After complaints on Monday the city council decided to abruptly end the trial of a reserved cycle lane on the Pablo Ruiz Picasso promenade heading in to the centre from the west.

The decision was made after a meeting of the council team responsible for the green mobility scheme.

The worst traffic jams were between 3pm and 4pm, when the queue passed the Alameda de Colón, with Cánovas del Castillo and Paseo de los Curas being grid-locked. The same happened again at around 6.15 pm when people left work. Local Police were drafted in to try and keep things moving for frustrated motorists.

"We have had no choice," explained councillor José del Río, after acknowledging that there had been hundreds of affected drivers and many complaints about the low number of cyclists.

Malaga City Council will once again close the right-hand cycle lane to traffic on the eastbound road between La Malagueta beach and Baños del Carmen on Saturday 27 February and Sunday 28 February, and also on 1 March, from 8am to 8pm coinciding with the Andalusian holiday weekend.

In this way, this bi-directional and provisional bicycle lane, which is segregated from traffic, will be limited to weekends and holidays.