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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)
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.
The electric bike is an element that is contributing to changing the paradigm of city transport and also tourist mobility, helping to change the mobility habits of today’s society and to provide a sustainable alternative to private vehicles.
The chargers are located in the municipalities of Castelló d’Empúries, Torroella – L’Estartit, Palafrugell, Palamós, Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Llagostera, Cassà de la Selva, Olot, Sant Joan de les Abadesses, Camprodon and Ripoll. In addition, it should be noted that there is already a charging point provided by the city council in Girona.