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This section defines the status and conditions of the Cyclist Route Network as included in the Cyclist Management Plan of Biscay. The sections are differentiated as to their respective status as planned, projected, under construction or if they are already in service.
These cyclist routes, known until now by the nickname “bidegorriak” (red paths, in reference to the normally reddish colour), most of these paths have usually been kept away from motorised traffic and used mainly for leisure-related purposes. This tendency is being adapted to the new realities of our urban environments and to the demands that bicycles be considered as a common everyday means of transport.
Current cycle infrastructures are the result of a combination of different types of solution: exclusive and/or together with other modes of transport (pedestrians and motorised transport). Furthermore, the types of cycle paths also vary according to the degree of differentiation and/or separation of the cycle path from their respective location within the existing transit system (road, pavement, parks, etc.).
It must not be forgotten that the bicycle will always hold an important position among the consolidated road traffic of our towns and cities due to the simple fact that it is a vehicle unto itself and because of the social reality and demands for cyclist mobility. Cycle traffic must be accompanied principally by road safety reinforcement measures.
Accordingly, the Cycling Management Plan (CMP) promotes a basic roadway network specifically adapted to the use of bicycles; a network created from the initiatives developed by both the Provincial Council and all the municipalities and district plans that are constantly developing their own cycle plans to establish and provide new cycle paths within their respective areas of competence. The Cycling Management Plan serves to collect and gather together all these initiatives and thus offer a cycle path network that becomes a living planning tool that grows steadily as the bicycle continues to gain importance within the sustainable mobility plans developed in Biscay.
Whereas the regional network designed in 2003 (the year in which the CMP was approved) encompassed a total 364 Km, the Biscay cycle network of today has expanded to encompass 633 Km. In other words, it has grown in size by 74%. This growth is reflected to an even greater extent in the number of kilometres made available. Whereas the total number of usable sections amounted to 54.5 Km in 2003, the operational cycle lanes in Biscay today amount to 177 Km (207 Km if we include the sections currently under construction). In this case, we are talking about a rate of growth that is close to 225% in terms of available cycling infrastructures (in other words, almost a 13 percentage point increase over the planned cycle network as a whole).
Below is a description of the aforementioned cycle infrastructures according to their development status (completed, under construction, with the construction plan drafted and in the planning stage) and their distribution between the ten sections into which the Cycle Management Plan is currently organised.
|Equipped||Under construction||Construction project designed||At the planning stage||Overall length|
|axis 1: Durangaldea||9||0||0||40||49|
|axis 2: Nerbioi-Ibaizabal||15||3||7||60||85|
|axis 3: M. Izquierda y Z. Minera||47||17||16||36||116|
|axis 4: Margen Derecha||22||4||2||45||73|
|axis 5: Cadagua||13||0||4||13||30|
|axis 6: Urdaibai||5||0||3||27||35|
|axis 7: Arratia||3||0||1||15||19|
|axis 8: Txorierri-Mungialdea||13||3||16||49||81|
|axis 9: T. M. Bilbao||25||3||5||50||83|
|axis 10: Lea-Artibai||25||0||0||37||62|
|Overall Guideline Plan||177||30||54||372||633|