Palma.—Protesting cyclists who met yesterday morning in the Plaza España said that they rejected the new City Council's alternatives for the cycle lane, saying that they will “put people off” using bicycles to get about the city centre because the diverted route is “more dangerous”.

Having set off on a cycle ride carrying banners claiming that Palma was going to be deprived of its original bicycle lane, demonstrators succeeded in stopping traffic for long intervals on the Paseo Maritimo, the Avenidas and the Borne. “They call it a cycle lane and it definitely isn't! read one of the banners.

Yesterday's demonstration was organised by popular protest group Massa Critica and supported by the “indignados'” 15-M Movement and several councillors from the outgoing Socialist City Council. Massa Critica spokesman Carlos Valenti said that the increased danger on the new route will discourage older people and children from using it. The new cycle route will run from Calle Ruben Dario through Calle Santiago Rosiñol and Plaza Bisbe Berenguer de Palou where cyclists will be given priority over traffic.

Meanwhile, a bicycle lane will be built in Calle Sant Miquel behind Pl. España.