|New cycle lane on Avenida San Martín.
|Avenida San Martín.
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Avenida San Martín de Mendoza is a symbol that has accompanied the building and cultural evolution of this city, the capital of the province of the same name in the Argentine Republic.
A few years ago, the Municipality of the City of Mendoza embarked on an ambitious project to design, develop and construct a dense network of cycle lanes connecting the city’s different neighbourhoods with each other and with the neighbouring boroughs that make up Greater Mendoza, an urban area with more than 1 million inhabitants.
Project requirements and objectives.
Avenida San Martín de Mendoza functions as an axis connecting this capital with the cities of Las Heras to the north and Godoy Cruz to the south, both constituents of Greater Mendoza.
The construction of a cycle lane along this avenue is key to connecting these three cities by making them accessible to bicycle users.
The proposed solution.
The solution proposed in the cycle lane project was to build a two-way lane whose route is highlighted by green refractory road paint, protected from other vehicles driving along the avenue by the ZICLA Zebra® 9 separators.
The project also includes the improvement of footpaths to protect pedestrians and cyclists.
The works, with a total length of 4.8 km, started with the construction of a first section going from Calle Serú to Calle Amigorena, finally reaching Calle Mosconi.
Mendoza Municipality’s commitment to promoting bicycle use.
These works add another cycle lane to those already existing in the city of Mendoza on the streets of Marcos Avellaneda and Mariano Moreno and on avenida Manuel Belgrano.
It also brings to light the decided support of the municipal government for the use of bicycles and for improving mobility conditions in the city.
Mendoza Municipality also promotes “En la Bici”, an integrated transport system based on bicycle sharing.
The bikes can be collected from strategically located stands at different points in the City of Mendoza and Godoy Cruz and must then be returned to the station closest to the destination.
The aim is to discourage the use of cars in the city, to promote the use of healthy and non-polluting means of mobility such as cycling, and to favour the coexistence of pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles.
The mayor of the city of Mendoza, Ulpiano Suarez, recently underscored the importance of this new cycle lane in a report: “Today, the new cycle lane represents the value of caring for the environment, a sign of the evolution in municipal management and of our awareness as a society”.