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Santa Cruz aims to be cycle friendly with new initiatives 

Santa Cruz council is continuing its campaign to make the city safe for cyclists.

The authority is meeting with Tenerife Cabildo, the General Directorate of Traffic and groups of the sector to improve mobility in the capital.

The Mayor, José Manuel Bermúdez chaired the meeting with administrations and associations in favour of the bicycle.

The aim is to make the use of the bicycle compatible with other means of transport in the capital of Tenerife.

“Our goal is to turn Santa Cruz into a bicycle friendly city and to do so through constant dialogue with the associative movement and in full coordina-tion with other administrations with competence in the matter,” said the Mayor.

Sr. Bermúdez acknowledg-ed that “there are structural difficulties to make bicycle mobility compatible with public and private motorised transport, but that reality is not an obstacle to create spaces and itineraries, safe and well marked, to enjoy the bicycle in our capital. “

One of the objectives will be to improve the STARS pro-gramme in Santa Cruz.

The European project STARS (Accreditation and Recognition of Sustainable Displacement for Schools) aims to encourage and reward schools that promote sus-tainable and safe travel among their students, both on foot and by bicycle.

This programme is aimed at students from six to 19 years and the entire educational community (parents, teachers, management teams and non-teaching staff).

Mobility councillor Zaida González said it was also intended to signal the urban helmet of the capital to properly show the safest routes for bicycles and those which were not passable.

In parallel, the council is studying with the General Directorate of Traffic urban centtr roads suitable for transport by bicycle “in order to signal the speed limitation at 30 kilometres per hour and the obligation to circulate with the utmost attention in the presence of bicycles. “

There is also a commitment to study the reduction in speed on the road that connects the urban centre with the core of San Andrés and the Las Teresitas beach -with a large influx of cyclists- and look for a safe alternative in this itinerary in the accesses to the surrounding port area.