Palma Extends City Cycle Network
As lockdown eases and more and more have taken to the ‘saddle’ instead of public transport, the capital of the Balearic Islands, Palma, is poised to capitalize on the new trend.
The local tourism board together with the city council, has announced increased investment of €100,000 to extend the current 90km cycling network by a further 2km, as they roll out a plan to reach 100km in bike lanes in and around Palma by 2023
The Mallorca capital and its surrounding area is a vibrant destination to be discovered by bike, especially outside of the peak summer months due to the mild climate and less crowded paths. And this latest initiative it will come as music to the ears of bike tourists as Palma pushes ahead to link various districts in one linked network.
The 2km extension will make it easier riding from Palma’s Old Town to the surrounding areas where famous tourist attractions are located such as Castell de Bellver, a well-preserved 14th-century royal fortress with a museum and superb views over Palma Bay, or Pueblo Español, a replica 'show village' featuring a range of Spanish architecture.
Another flatter and very popular cycling route is the one around Palma Bay. The route features S'Arenal; a beach located just a few miles outside of the city, and a very popular suburb of Palma, Portixol.
Since well before the Covid-19 pandemic, the city of Palma has been changing its tourism strategy to a more long-term and sustainable model.
This has included a series of measures to address the impact that visitors have on the environment, including the development of a low emission zone, the expansion of electric vehicle charging points and initiatives to reduce crowds in the city and better manage the flow of tourists.
The development of Palma’s cycle network is part of this strategy and will also help to attract visitors to the city on a year-round basis.
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