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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.
Renovation work on the greenway alongside the C-63 to El Pasteral now complete; a solution to the damage caused by storm Gloria
A few days ago, the renovation work on the greenway in the El Pasteral area was completed. This was one of the most severely damaged stretches of the greenway as a result of the rain and snowstorm that affected the majority of Girona’s counties at the end of January 2020. The work involved adapting the C-63 curb so that bicycles and pedestrians can pass, and eliminating the existing level crossing.
This morning at 10 am, on the new section of the El Pasteral greenway, the president of the Consorci de les Vies Verdes de Girona (Girona Greenways Consortium), Eduard Llorà, together with the mayor of Amer, Maria Rosa Vila, and the mayor of Bodega de Ter, Xavier Boïgues, presented the improvement work carried out in this area. Pere Saló, director of Territorial Services for the Generalitat de Catalunya in Girona, also attended.
Photos after the big storm – january 2020:
The Consorci de les Vies Verdes (Girona Greenways Consortium), an organisation linked to Diputació de Girona, is making a new app available to users of these routes as part of the updated Secrets of the Greenways project. The app can be downloaded free of charge from the website www.viesverdes.cat/secrets and is part of a gamification strategy to enable visitors and players to learn about the heritage, cultural and natural elements of Girona’s greenways through games.
The app guides you along the new routes of the Secrets, which were presented two months ago, the result of a collaboration with the town councils of the municipalities and other stakeholders in the region.
The new proposed Secrets can be found in seven municipalities: Ripoll, Sant Joan de les Abadesses, Amer, Anglès, Bescanó, Sarrià de Terand Caldes de Malavella. These are routes accessible from the greenway, which can be covered on foot or by bike, and which reveal stories, legends and curious facts about the different municipalities. The app is linked to these seven new Secrets, and it features quizzes, puzzles and a search for augmented reality objects hidden in the different points of interest.
We’re opening a new section on our website to provide information about some routes that are close to the greenways and are located in the towns where they pass. These are route suggestions created in conjunction with the town councils, with the goal of promoting and improving knowledge about the territory, and raising awareness about the natural and cultural heritage elements that add value to the routes and make an economic impact in the different municipalities.
The project “The secrets of the Girona greenways” was launched for the first time a few years ago, and during 2019 and 2020 we reviewed and updated the routes and created some new ones. We are therefore re-launching, with seven new suggestions, located in Ripoll, Sant Joan de les Abadesses, Amer, Anglès, Bescanó, Sarrià de Ter and Caldes de Malavella.
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.