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New bike path along Constituent Avenue approved

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – A local cycling organization has been given the green light for a new bike path.

The proposal was presented to the General Directorate of Environmental Planning and Urban Development Solidarity to develop a 3.5 kilometer bike path on the Constituent Avenue, from the General Hospital to 30th Avenue.

The completed project will include an area of 1.7 meters wide on the right side of both road lanes for cyclists, with a physical separation for car parking spots.

The project was approved and unveiled by representatives of Urban Mobility Mexican Embassy Bike (EMBI).

“To avoid conflict with motorists, citizens proposed to maintain the parking areas for vehicles in a manner protecting the bike path. This will benefit at least a thousand bikers…we recorded 100 bike trips per hour between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.,” he reported Ivan Orozco Pérez, head of the EMBI.

The agreement with the municipal authorities is that in the upcoming weeks, a pilot project be carried out on the stretch of roadway between Avenue 30 and 35 where they will gather opinions from local business tenants.

“You’d be taking away 30 centimeters to the central ridge to keep the two lanes each way for cars. This will be proposed directly to the general director of Environmental Planning and Urban Development and Morentin Eduardo Luis Arturo Regalado Hendricks, director of Urban Development, among other officials with whom we met last July 15, “said Orozco Perez.

A census taken by INEGI in 2010 showed that in the municipality of Solidaridad, there were more than 50,000 bicycles used by people as a means of transportation on a daily basis. Many people use bicycles to get to work and take their children to school as well as for recreational activities.

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