The crash in which a cyclist died, on 16 August. / SUR

Cycling groups unite to stage a protest calling for more road safety in Fuengirola

They want a promenade that is not 'a race track on which idiots of all nationalities show off their high-powered cars'

Ivan Gelibter
IVAN GELIBTER

Increased safety for cyclists. That is the main demand of residents, cycle groups and opposition political parties in Fuengirola, who have called a demonstration for 12 September. The protest plan was sparked after the death of a cyclist on the promenade on 16 August, after he was hit by a driver who was, allegedly, speeding.

Cycling groups, including Ruedas Redondas (Round Wheels), the Los Avispados cycling club and FuenMijas en Bici, along with the left-wing parties of the council, have published a manifesto in which they demand solutions from the local government team.

«Faced with tragedies like this, we cannot limit ourselves to offering condolences to families and friends. We have to reflect on what happened to draw the best conclusions, and perform the necessary actions so that this does not happen again. There are many of us who knew that this would happen sooner or later.»

The demonstration, scheduled for Sunday, 12 September, at 12 noon from the Plaza de España, aims to pressure the local council to implement safety control measures.

«There are different administrations including the DGT, Junta de Andalucía, Diputación and Ayuntamiento. But none of them have anything to say about it? Has anyone apologised or are they going to resign?« the organisations ask.

They demand «changes» to achieve a «traffic calm as there is in other cities in Spain«, a healthy and safe environment and for a promenade that is not »a race track on which idiots of all nationalities show off their high-powered cars.«