The social distance measures in the ‘new normal’ motivate us to rethink the way we move, in which the bicycle plays a very important role.
Reducing public transport and achieving more space tosustainable transportare the key ingredients.
The confinement shows the reduction of pollution; in the Canary Islands even a reduction up to 70%, but during this “new normal” we should remain vigilant as we can’t afford to repeat the mistakes of the past.
Teresa Ribera, Minister ofEcological Transition, warned local entities in a statement. “The private vehicle should not become the only way to move safely and the opportunity should be taken to promote new routines.”
The Gran Canaria City Councilplans to reduce the space for private vehicles and allocate them to alternative means of transport.
Currently, the cycle lane and the public cycle services are considered essential for the de-escalation.
Future keys: implementation of 30 km / h and extension of the cycle lane network.
The government is considering a cycling lane project in the upper part of the city. That means, e-bikes due to the sloped terrain of the “Ciudad Alta”(Upper Town), project planned for 2022 or 2023, with road marks and therefore no works are required.
Various groups promoting a cycling claim that this is the best time for those who are “afraid” of cycling.
They can test it in areas without vehicles and discover the benefits.