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The Girona greenways visual accessibility project received an award at the ninth edition of the European Greenways Awards
On September 5, the ninth edition of the European Greenways Awards was held in Dikli, Vidzeme (Latvia), where six European greenways initiatives from Latvia, Czech Republic, Austria and Spain were recognized with awards. The Girona Greenways Consortium (Consorci de les Vies Verdes de Girona), a part of the Diputació de Girona, won the second-place prize in the exemplary initiatives category for its greenways visual accessibility project.
The European Greenways Awards were created in 2003 and they are held every two years, with the goal of officially recognizing the initiatives and innovative projects to improve the information and experience for the greenways users all across Europe.
The ninth edition of the awards was organized by the European Greenways Association (EGWA) in partnership with the Vidzeme Tourism Association and with support from the Development Agency of Latvia. The purpose of this event is to promote exemplary initiatives and best practices to share the knowledge and to apply these examples to other greenways across Europe.
In this edition the international panel of judges, who met on July 10 in Brussels, gave out awards for projects in two categories: excellence and exemplary initiatives. In the excellence category they gave awards to projects that created new greenways in Latvia, Czech Republic and Austria. In the exemplary initiatives category, the winners were the Rural Development Association of the Basque Country for its project to revitalize local business along the Montes de Hierro greenway, and the Girona Greenways Consortium for its visual accessibility project along a segment of the Little Train Greenway and the Iron and Coal Route.
The visual accessibility project was developed from a regional tourism promotion plan from the Catalan Government, given to the Girona Greenways Consortium to adapt it into two greenways routes for people with visual impairments. On one hand, they adapted the Little Train II Greenway, that goes from Girona to the Scientific Park (1.5 km), with signs posted in braille and installed a guide that allows blind people to follow this route on their own. On the other hand, they adapted the signs along the Iron and Coal Route into braille, and designed an application for Android and iOS that gives an audio-description of the routes.
Photography: European Greenways Association (EGWA)
Come to the Sea Otter Costa Brava! Book on the days from May 31 to June 2, because in Girona you have an appointment with the most intense cyclist weekend of the year, where bicycle enthusiasts can enjoy races, a specialized fair, exhibitions, presentations and much more.
The Sea Otter is a classic festival in the United States, which was born in 1991 in Laguna Seca – California -, that comes for the 3rd consecutive time in Girona. Girona demonstrates the strategic city’s commitment to cycling, with numerous routes for all types of enthusiasts, and all the necessary services for cycling.
The 5th edition of the Pirinexus 360 Challenge, the renowned cycling race that runs through the Costa Brava and the Girona Pyrenees, will be held on June 15th.
The PYRENEXUS NON STOP CHALLENGE is a comepetiton where the participants complete a circular challenge of 340 km that goes through the Pirinexus route, an itinerary made of asphalt roads and urban segments, before 12 AM.
FIVE ADMINISTRATIONS DRIVE FORWARD THE BICITRANSCAT PROJECT, PROMOTING CROSS-BORDER SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY
This Thursday, the offices of the Regional Council of the Alt Empordà have seen the presentation of the project known as “EFA 156/16 BICITRANSCAT. Development of new cyclable and multimodal cross-border links to promote sustainable mobility”. The presentation was made by Joan Cano, Regional Councillor for Tourism, and Albert Gómez, president of the Girona Greenways Consortium. The act was attended by Véronique Olier, representing the Perpignan Méditerranée Métropole, Robert Garrabe, Vice President of the General Council of the Pyrénées-Orientales, and Francesc Cruanyes, Deputy Mayor of the Figueres City Council.
The project has a budget of 4,689,269.25 euros, co-financed with 65% of European Regional Development Funds (FEDER), through the INTERREG V-A Spain-France-Andorra Programme (POCTEFA 2014-2020). The objective of POCTEFA is to strengthen the economic and social integration of the cross-border area linking Spain-France-Andorra. The funding is focused on developing cross-border economic, social and environmental activities through joint strategies aimed at promoting sustainable territorial development.