€1.2m investment in Funchal
JM reports that the first phase of the Funchal City Council’s project to extend the city’s cycle path will start next Monday, October 19. The work will be divided into several phases and last around a year. The objective, according to the Council, is to contribute to the “multimodality in Funchal, that is, a structured combination between cycling mobility, pedestrian accessibility and public transport”.
With an length of 2.5km, the work will ensure the extension of the cycle path through the implementation of two cycle channels, one between the Madeira Forum and Rua Saint Helier (Pestana Promenade/Enotel hotes in the Lido), and the other between Travessa do Valente (the road up from the “Hole in One” pub, pictured, and Praça do Tourist, which I think is at the western end of the Savoy Palace at the start of Avenida Infante.
In addition to improving conditions for cycling, these improvement actions will also guarantee the requalification of pedestrian areas, notably the widening and levelling of sidewalks, the installation of different tactile floors for visually impaired people, the elevation of crosswalks and the improvement in access conditions to bus stops, in order to reinforce road safety conditions.
Funchal President Miguel Silva Gouveia underlines that “this cycle path represents an investment of around €1.2m+ VAT, being co-funded by the Madeira Operational Program 2014-20. We will start with the section between Praça do Turista and Travessa do Valente, this first phase having an estimated duration of 45 days.
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