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The civil works in the area that will improve the municipality's air quality are already in their final phase

Benidorm advances in the implementation of the Low Emissions Zone and safe bicycle modules

06 May 2024
Benidorm avanza en la implantación de la Zona de Bajas Emisiones y los módulos de bicicletas seguras

In a continued effort to promote a healthier and more sustainable environment, Benidorm is advancing in its Low Emissions Zone (ZBE), whose civil works are already in their final phase. This project, key to the city's environmental strategy, is designed to significantly improve air quality and promote a shift towards more sustainable, clean and efficient modes of transport.

To date, the necessary infrastructure for the ZBE is practically completed, including the installation of advanced air quality measurement equipment, which is already operational in several key points of the city. These devices are equipped with cutting-edge technology capable of monitoring multiple pollutants, including nitrogen dioxide, ozone gas, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and PM10 and PM2.5 particles (the latter can enter the lungs and pose significant health risks), providing accurate data that helps evaluate and manage urban air quality.

Concerning access controls, most of the planned cameras have already been installed at these points, which will serve to monitor and control the surroundings of these areas and evaluate existing traffic conditions.

The ZBEnidorm project has also seen great progress in its telecommunications infrastructure, with the completion of the installation of communications nodes. These ramifications are crucial for information management and coordination between the various technological systems integrated into the ZBE, from traffic management to environmental monitoring.

Installation of safe bicycle modules

As part of Benidorm's commitment to sustainable mobility, 10 covered secure bicycle modules have been installed, equipped with a video surveillance system and an anti-theft device, which can only be accessed through a mobile application. Eight of the modules are powered and fully functional, providing citizens with an alternative and ecological transportation option. This initiative not only helps reduce congestion and pollution but also promotes a more active and healthy lifestyle.

These modules are located in Elche Park, Adolfo Suárez Avenue, Foietes Avenue, Palau d'Esports, Barca del Bou Street, City Hall, Europa Avenue, Francisco Llorca Antón Street, Inglés Street (Plaza de Toros) and Benissa Street (CDT). All of them are added to the two that have existed for months on Armada Española Avenue and Villajoyosa Avenue. The first two are not operational, although they will be soon.

The Councilor for Mobility, Francis Muñoz, stated that these actions “are very important”, and highlighted the City Council's commitment “to develop actions that encourage the use of bicycles and minimize CO2 emissions.” Muñoz indicated that in addition to this smart parking system, bike counters, environmental monitoring systems, urban public transport information systems and reinforcements of access controls have also been installed.

To report on air quality episodes, as well as other information of interest to citizens, variable message panels have been installed, and are in the testing phase for fine-tuning. Benidorm City Council invites all citizens to actively participate in this change, using the new infrastructure and adapting to the innovations that the ZBE brings with it. For more information, citizens can contact the citizen service office or consult the City Council website.

The Mobility Councilor pointed out in this regard that with all these actions “the City Council's commitment and commitment to sustainability is evident, as we have been demonstrating in recent years, with the clear objective of improving the quality of life of our citizens and having a friendly, comfortable city that meets the sustainability objectives to be a model in the fight against climate change.”

Benidorm Low Emissions Zone is an initiative promoted by Benidorm City Council that has funding from the European Union within the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda.