23 Feb, 2021 @ 12:00
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Malaga bike lane u-turn after gridlock on popular paseo, to reopen Easter weekend

Cyclists Protest For A Secure Cycle Lane In Malaga  Spain   14 Feb 2021
February 14, 2021, Malaga, Spain: A cyclist sits on a bench during the protest..Thousands of riders took to the Streets protesting for a secure cycle lane in Malaga, Spain. After the decision of Malaga town hall to ban the use of bikes and scooters along promenades and pedestrian places and only moving in roads, many cyclists and several organizations have required the implementation of a real network of bikes in downtown city. More than 6.000 signatures have been collected in favor of this social initiative. (Credit Image: © Jesus Merida/SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire)

THE controversial bike-only lanes introduced into Malaga city centre last week will be reopened to traffic tomorrow after causing hour long traffic jams.

Malaga’s Mobility Ordinance closed a lane of the Paseo Maritimo between Antonio Martín and los Baños del Carmen to traffic in order to encourage bicycles and electric scooters to use the highway safely.

However the traffic during rush hour using the paseo jammed to a halt thanks to the closure of the lane, leaving residents furious.

Thanks to the situation, the government of Malaga has announced that it is to review the Mobility Ordinance and perform a U-Turn in policy to reopen the lane to traffic.

The government statement also cited the lack of popularity of the new ’30 Lanes’ and a low influx of cyclists and scooter riders since the program began.

The plan will be to re-introduce the bike lane this weekend for the Easter holidays, before being removed once again and open to traffic.

Since it’s announcement, the government has come under fire for the plan from cyclists and commuters who claim that the lanes are dangerous and put them at unnecessary risk.

Cycling groups claim that whilst the council’s intentions are good, the city needs a much more developed cycle lane infrastructure before forcing pedal powered commuters onto the public highway.

In a demonstration held last week, hundreds of cyclists from all walks of life took to the dock area to protest the plans, with many claiming that they will actually ditch the bike for fear of accidents and over zealous road users.

Councillors will review the ordinance after the Easter weekend to discuss whether it is viable to continue with the current infrastructure across the city.

James Warren

"James spent three years spent working as a junior writer at various English language newspapers in Spain before finding a home at the Olive Press. He previously worked for many years as a bid writer for an international motorsports company. Based in Cordoba since 2014, James covers the southern Subbetica region, northern and inland Malaga and the Axarquia area. Get in touch at [email protected] with news or trustworthy tips that you would like him to cover in these areas"

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