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Bicycle use on Formentera increases by 150% compared to 2017

Data from the periodic bicycle counts indicate that the use of bicycles is increasing. The roads from Sa Guia de la Savina to ses Illetes and des Brolls, between the port and es Pujols, are the busiest.

Formentera starts this European Sustainable Mobility Week with data provided by the island’s Department of Mobility on the use of bicycles in recent months. The result of the study conducted during the busiest tourist days in August, concludes that the use of bicycles has increased by 150% compared to 2017, the first year in which they began to count vehicles, including bicycles, which traveled on the road network and paths. In relation to 2019 the use of the bike increased by 90% and 10% more if we compare with 2021.

These data come from the count carried out by the Department of Mobility on the road network on the days of maximum influx of vehicles, between August 5th and 14th, 2022, and which were also carried out in 2017, 2019 and 2021.

Change in trends towards bicycles

The Councilor for Mobility, Rafael González, has valued them stating that “they show that there is a change in mobility trends on the island with the increased use of bikes, a means of transport that is well suited to the characteristics of Formentera”.

Camí de sa Guía and des Brolls

According to this study, the most used paths by bikes are the de sa Guia and des Brolls. In 2017 on the sa Guia road, which connects la Savina with ses Illetes, 264 bicycles were counted in August in counts carried out in six hours (three in the morning and three in the afternoon) while this year in the same time slot 725 cyclists have been counted. The increase in use was 175%. On the des Brolls path, which surrounds s’Estany Pudent, linking La Savina to es Pujols, in 2017 85 cyclists were counted and in 2022, 310, which has meant an increase of 265%.

The conseller highlighted the commitment made by many rental companies with the increase of their respective fleets of both conventional and electric bicycles.

González recalled that between today and Thursday morning there will be an exhibition of bicycles in the Plaza de la Constitució (Sant Francesc). Residents will be able to test them and learn about the aid from the Consell to acquire them. During these same days, in the two local bicycle workshops you can tune up your bikes for free.

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