Cyclists Call for Protest Over Malaga’s Bike Lane Plans

Cyclists Call for Protest Over Malaga’s Bike Lane Plans. Image: Wikimedia

MALAGA’s cyclists are calling for a protest over plans to get rid of one of the city’s bike lanes this summer.

The head of a cyclist association has said they plan to hold over a protest over Malaga’s plans to remove a bike lane.
According to Spanish newspaper Sur, association Ruedas Redondas said Malaga City Council are not creating enough bike lanes.
They are also complaining about the number of fines being handed out to cyclists and are calling for a protest.
Jose Luis Martin, president of Ruedas Redondas, announces that the new protest.  He said: “Families are very angry and are beginning to mobilise.”
He added: “There is no discourse in favour of the bike and active and sustainable mobility.
“We see that words are one thing and deeds are the other way around.”
He called on Malaga City Council to announce improvements to bike lanes or “we will take to the streets again to remember that many people in Malaga do not agree with the City Council’s policy.”
The news comes after Malaga announced it will close one of the city’s bike lanes for the summer.
The lane on Pablo Ruiz Picasso promenade will no longer be closed to traffic at the weekends after the council found few cyclists and scooters were using the road.
A planned alternative bike lane will also not be complete in time for summer, according to reports, prompting criticism from cyclists complaining they will now have to share the road with cars.
Councillor for Mobility, Jose del Rio said: “Knowing that usage statistics are very low, I don’t want to continue to affect other drivers.”
He added that when “the season arrives and the traffic begins to grow, it will be very difficult to maintain it.”
He said: “A temporary lane has not been ruled out.”
The mayor of Malaga confirmed a cycle lane will be built following protests.

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Sally Underwood

Originally from London, Sally is based on the eastern Costa del Sol and is a journalist for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]


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