Palma de Majorca.—The Socialists in opposition on Palma City Council want future bylaws governing the use of cycle lanes in the city to include clauses giving protection to cyclists and pedestrians.

The Socialists said that such measures should be added to the draft of the bylaw which at present focuses more on the restriction on cycling activity.
At the last meeting of the City Council, although the draft of the new bylaw - based on text that had originally been drawn up by Socialists during the previous Balearic government - was agreed by the ruling Partido Popular team, the Socialists said that “it wasn't enough” if there were no further safety measures included.

The Socialists said that the bylaws had been prejudiced by the Partido Popular decision to transfer a principal stretch of the cycle lane in the city in the Avenidas to an area for pedestrians.

The Socialists said that the bicycle had become an “alternative means of transport” in the city and that bylaws drawn up by the Council need to ensure harmony of use. They added that all users, including cars, need to be taken into account along with the vulnerability of pedestrians and cyclists. Conflict of use in Plaza Espanya will need to be resolved, they said.

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