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The opposition group Más Madrid makes flag of the use of the bicycle in the city. In fact, this morning, its spokesperson Rita Maestre has supported the chain called for tomorrow by the bicycle groups in support of this means of transport during de-escalation. “We support that march and we will participate in it to the best of our ability.” Maestre assured during a telematic press conference.
Pedalibre, Conbici, Ecologists in Action, Greenpeace, Mothers for Climate, Youth for Climate and other cycling associations will meet this Wednesday – world bicycle day declared by the UN- “to make the bike visible as a means of transport and the need to adapt our cities to sustainable mobility, “they argue in a joint statement.
At 8:30 p.m., Cyclists and environmentalists will occupy the east side road of Paseo de Recoletos, between Cibeles (Casa de América) and Colón, dividing it into two parts (a large bike path and a pedestrian extension adjacent to the sidewalk). “The bicycle is a strategic element in mobility during de-escalation, because it does not produce traffic jams, pollution or greenhouse gases and allows maintaining interpersonal distance,” claim the associations.
In the statement, the signatories point to the Madrid City Council for its lack of measures to support the bicycle compared to Milan, Paris, London or Bogotá. Even with Spanish cities such as Barcelona “that will launch 21 kilometers of bicycle lanes”, Logroño “with its Logroño Calles Abiertas plan, or the plan for the transition to a new mobility in Valladolid.
In the case of Madrid“hardly any proposals have been made”, denounce the groups. So far, the City Council “has only closed the motor traffic of 29 sections of streets (19 kilometers) of the 12,606 streets of the capital (8,973 km) and only during weekends. These measures reinforce the vision of the bike as a means of leisure and not as a means of transportation ”, they point out.
Criticism also sprinkles the regional government. According to the groups “the Community of Madrid has not announced any measure in this regard. However, other communities have done so, such as the Generalitat Valenciana that will give aid of 75 euros to buy bicycles and scooters, 250 for electric bikes and will create an Office of the bicycle”.
For all these reasons, they demand financial support for mobility plans for the central government and more ambitious actions for city councils, including provisional bike lanes with the vocation of being definitive along main avenues (Red Ciclista).