In 2009 the Cycling Mobility Master Plan of Vitoria-Gasteiz was approved. Following that Plan, the actions performed within this MODERN measure have helped to improve the situation. Cycling infrastructure has reached a connectivity level that people is daring more and more to use their bicycles daily.
During the measure’s duration, a technical report with an in-depth analysis for the pacific coexistence of pedestrians and bicycles in the main pedestrian areas of the city was completed.
The implementation of the new bicycle lanes progressed together with the implementation of the superblocks. Around 8.000.000 euros from FEIL and CIVITAS were invested in this project, which improved greatly pedestrian and cycling mobility in the area.
During the third year of the MODERN project, a technical report with an in-depth analysis for the bike routes signalling was prepared. The idea was also to drive proposals in order to improve road safety in the bike infrastructure. Besides, a detailed plan and costing for 4 new bike paths of the main network was developed. These new bike lanes, with a total length of 7.5 km, were aimed at improving the connectivity to west, east and south.
During the fourth year more bicycle lanes and pedestrian spaces were created.
- Two new bicycle lanes were created to connect the city centre, the western neighbourhoods and the big industrial estate in the West (Jundiz).
- Cubo street became an inner street in the central superblock, giving priority to pedestrians and cyclists.
- Fermin Lasuen street was refurbished to give more space to pedestrians, create a bicycle lane and to calm down motorised vehicles speed.
More specifically related to pedestrian mobility, during the duration of the CIVITAS measure a draft of the Pedestrian Mobility Master Plan was produced. All the public works related to superblocks implied the redesigning of all the public space reserved for pedestrians.
The two main projects related to pedestrian mobility were the Alhóndiga project and the demonstrative superblock creation. The Alhóndiga project (this action is not included among the objectives of this measure) was one of the strategic projects programmed for the city in the period 2009-2011, designed to support small retail outlets, but also to improve the pedestrian mode in the zone. Finally, only parts of this project were fully implemented, with works done in some short streets. On the other hand, the creation of the demonstrative superblock prioritized the pedestrians as the main mobility mode in the zone.
Regarding the communication, dissemination and participation activities, among the multiple activities executed in this field, it is worth mentioning the following ones:
- A program of public presentations addressed to all neighbourhood leaders was established. There was a permanent contact with citizens associations regarding the creation of the demonstrative superblock.
- A global communication and sensitisation campaign for the Sustainable Mobility and Public Space Plan was designed and launched to create a conceptual favourable perception in the citizens towards a new culture of sustainable mobility.
- In year 2010, on the occasion of the “In town without my car!” day, several activities were organised in the demonstrative superblock.