By Euro Weekly News Media • 28 October 2019 • 23:00
Car free zones will be introduced in Palma
PALMA City Council has announced its desire to reduce the speed limit in the capital to 30 km per hour and to introduce ‘super-islands’- zones that will either be traffic-free or that will only allow a limited number of vehicles.
In aim of making the city more sustainable, Neus Truyol, Governor of Urbanisation and Council explained that a new regulatory framework would establish rules to cope with the global climate situation. Scientific studies indicate that the Mediterranean heats up 20 per cent faster than the average place on earth, with Palma having 900 vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants compared to the national average of 650.
“The biggest pollutant in the city is private vehicles” said Truyol, adding that “measures will be taken to reduce dependence on cars and to reduce traffic by promoting public transport, such as trams and super-islands”.
The super-islands will include a combination of locations in the city where vehicles will have limitations, for example, places that will only allow pedestrians and bicycles to enter, or those that are restricted to buses. One place that has been earmarked is Pere Garau, which has the highest population density in the city.
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