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The European project BiciTransCat has made it possible to create new kilometres of intermodal route between Girona and France and improve services for users of the cycle routes
This morning, at the Casa de Cultura in Girona, the work resulting from the European project BiciTransCat, “Development of new cycle routes and cross-border multimodal links for the promotion of sustainable mobility”, was presented. The aim of the project was to create an intermodal axis facilitating the combined use of bicycles and public transport between these two regions. This axis connects with the European cycle route EuroVelo 8, the Pirinexus route, and with French greenways. In addition, new sustainable mobility services have been incorporated, including bike parking areas and bicycle racks; bike charging points, self-repair stations and counters will also be installed, and apps have been developed to organise cross-border journeys and allow transport options to be checked.
This project has six partners: the Consorci de les Vies Verdes as leader, Consell Comarcal de l’Alt Empordà, Communauté Urbaine Perpignan Méditerranée, Ajuntament de Figueres, Conseil Départemental des Pyrénées-Orientales, and Diputació de Girona as an associated body.
The presentation was given by Eduard Llorà, Member of the Diputació de Girona and CEO of the Consorci de les Vies Verdes; Sònia Martínez, Chairman of the Consell Comarcal de l’Alt Empordà; Jean Roque, Vice-President of the Conseil Départemental des Pyrénées-Orientales; Xavier Amiel, Councillor for Urban Planning and Mobility in the Ajuntament de Figueres, and Arnelle Revel, Vice-President of the Communauté Urbaine Perpignan Méditerranée.
With the Spanish-French border having opened on June 22, we are now able to resume some of the diffusion activities planned for this year. The first of those, the cross-border presstrips. As such, there is a press trip planned for July 21-22 in order to promote the «BiciTransCat» cycling paths among tourists coming from southern France. With the border opening, this region continues to be a priority audience, which is why the «BiciTransCat» project will continue these types of activities.
The Diputació de Girona contributes more than half a million euros to the European «BiciTransCat» project
- This amount was included in an agreement signed between the corporation and the rest of institutions in Girona that participate in the project: The Girona Greenways Consortium, Alt Empordà County Council and Figueres City Council
- «BiciTransCat» creates a new bikeable Girona-France costal axis along the Pirinexus and EuroVelo 8 routes. The website bicitranscat.cat, recently launched, offered detailed information on the project
The Diputació de Girona signed a collaboration agreement with the Girona Greenways Consortium, Alt Empordà County Council and Figueres City Council to co-finance the European «BiciTransCat» project. The document establishes that the corporation, as an associated entity to the «BiciTransCat» project and in its role of providing assistance to the municipalities, will make a contribution of 504,567.31 euros. This quantity makes up 25% of the total amount provided by these three partners from the Girona region (2,018,269.25 euros).
The Girona Greenways Consortium has launched the website www.bicitranscat.cat, a site that explains the POCTEFA European partnership project, which aims to develop a bikeable route along the border.
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)