DRIVERS in Palma paid little attention to the Day Without Cars organised by the city council, and there was a negligible reduction in the number of vehicles on the streets.
However, it did organise a lecture at the Xesc Forteza Theatre by Luis Montoro, the director of the University Institute of Traffic and Road Safety.
Montoro's lecture centred on strategies to prevent traffic accidents.
In addition to the lecture, there was a debate on road safety which was accompanied by an exhibition on the improvement to mobility in cities.
Speakers at the debate included Ramon Orta, in charge of the city council's mobility area, Tolo Servera and Demetrio Peña, chairmen of the business associations Afedeco and Pimeco, respectively, Rosa Bueno, head of the neighbourhood associations, and Marisol Sarabia, head of the Palma Federation of citizen associations.
A total of 205 cities in Spain took part in the Day Without Cars, with greater or lesser success.
In Madrid, the biggest of the cities which took part, traffic was reported to be heavier than ever, and the city council's traffic department said that the intensity of traffic in the centre and on the M-30 was actually 11 percent higher than the previous Wednesday.
No reduction was reported in Santander, where a Cantabria government spokesman said that there had been no noticeable decrease in traffic levels.
Central environment minister Cristina Narbona, and Salavador Mila, head of the Catalan government's environment department, elected to travel by tram, at the invitation of the Barcelona Metropolitan Transport Company, even though Barcelona itself did not celebrate the day.
In Bilbao, several streets were closed to private cars until 8pm, there were concerts in various squares and also activities for children.
The smallest of the places taking part was Altzaga in Guipúzcoa, which has just 133 inhabitants.