More space for people in Vitoria-Gasteiz

A communication campaign has been launched in Vitoria-Gasteiz to inform and involve citizens in the new access restricitions for motorised traffic in the city centre.

The Council of Vitoria-Gasteiz wants to make citizens aware of the new regulations through the "More space for people" campaign. The Council will send letters to drivers who pass through the areas restricted to authorised vehicles only to warn them that they are committing  an offense and that this violation will be fined. "We launched this campaign to prevent future violations and sanctions," says the Councillor for Citizen Security, Marian Castellanos. The councillor listed a number of reasons why the Council of Vitoria-Gasteiz decided to reduce motorised traffic. "We want to be a green capital beyond 2012," says Castellanos. He explains that this means working for "the preservation of health, quality of life and the environment" through the "development of the local economy" and "the recovery of space for people". A brochure including a map which indicates the location of traffic cameras and restricted routes will be enclosed in the letter. Marian Castellanos explains, "We implement this information campaign to discourage private vehicles in the streets of the central superblock. At the same time, we take another step in our strategy towards a sustainable and green city. The measure is part of our Mobility Plan." The campaign includes: The placement of information displays on garages in the area; The distribution of leaflets in local shops; The overall reinforcement of the message through existing traffic signals, The placement of additional information boards at the entrance points to restricted routes; The placement of ads on the back of several buses providing specific information on the measure; and The integration of a dedicated information point on the municipal website.   During the presentation of the campaign, Marian Castellanos recalled the routes on which motorised vehicle traffic is prohibited: Lehendakari Aguirre Magdalena, Magdalena-Cadena y Eleta, Fueros (North)-Cadena y Eleta, Fueros (South)-Cadena and Eleta. In these streets traffic is restricted to authorised vehicles only, which include: Fire brigades and rescue services, the police, ambulances and other emergency vehicles; Vehicles carrying people with disabilities; Traffic to and from parking garages located in the area; Freight vehicles for loading and unloading goods during certain hours; and Selected other vehicles that received specific authorisation from the municipal authority.   In the restricted traffic streets, the city has installed five cameras that control both the incoming and outbound traffic of motorised vehicles. "The cameras have been installed for some time and we know that approximately 500 vehicles pass through these areas a day without authorisation," says Castellanos. In the future, these violations will be fined with up to €200 in line with the general traffic and municipal regulations. The installation of the cameras and the communication campaign are both part of the CIVITAS MODERN project. 

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