On yer bike (all the time) in Benidorm, Costa Blanca

ELECTRIC BICYCLE: Townhall practising what it preaches. Photo credit: Benidorm townhall

TO encourage sustainability, the town hall wants residents and visitors to make cycling a habitual form of transport. Benidorm in the Costa Blanca, has 80 kilometres of cycle lanes, meaning that it is now possible to cross the town from end to end by bike although the network still needs enlarging, municipal sources admitted.
The town hall is also aware that it must make the local population more aware of cycling’s advantages while at the same time providing an adequate bicycle share scheme. Benidorm launched its first bike-share in 2008 with 10 stations and 25 bicycles, although this has doubled since then. The list of technical requirements for a new concessionary is now being drawn up with conditions that include improvements to encourage the use of bicycles.
Meanwhile, the town hall announced last month that it was spending €5,396 on electric bicycles and scooters for the municipal inspectors who scrutinise the cleanliness of Benidorm streets. The choice was made deliberately to set a good example in sustainable mobility, explained transport councillor Jose Ramon Gonzalez de Zarate.

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Lisa Burgess