Council to modify bylaws on footpaths and public spaces
Today at the monthly council session, the Adeje council are scheduled to vote on a series of measures to modify use of bicycles and motorised vehicles on pavements. According to councillor Andrés Pérez Ramos, with responsibility for transport, traffic and road safety, “we need to win back the use of footpaths and public places for pedestrians”. The council is also working on overall plan to redesign certain areas in a more modern and user-friendly style regarding transport.
“We are aware of the need to encourage sustainable transport in the borough and will introduce a series of exceptional measures and conditions which will regulate use of electric/motorised transport on footpaths”. He said that “the renting of all kinds of electronic apparatus for transport purposes has generated a problem and created dangers, including for those using them, and is a form of abuse for pedestrians, creating real risk situations, insecurity and problems for the public”.
To address this problem the council will be adopting a series of modifications to existing bylaws which regulate this activity to properly outline exactly where and under what conditions such machines can be used in public zones and in line with the vision and needs of Adeje’s tourist zones. “A tourist destination such as ours has to preserve and guarantee proper use of its public spaces allowing the public to use them in comfort and safety, and any activity that is to be authorised must be compatible with ensuring that they (the public spaces) are pleasant and safe for pedestrians.”
Pérez Ramos also said that the council are currently considering the introduction of a bicycle lane along the coast road to be integrated in the public zones in existence. “This will mean a leap forward in sustainable transport possibilities in the borough, in our form of mobility, and should see an increase in the sporting and leisure use of the bicycle in general”.