CARTAGENA’S OLD TOWN, SUSTAINABLE CITY
Topic of the practice
Land Use and Transport Planning
Good Practice Information
CARTAGENA’S Old Town, Sustainable City is a good example of how to use combine transport and land use to promote modal shift away from cars. In particular, the Plan focused on pedestrianization and traffic calming aims to the socio-economic and environmental restoration and rehabilitation of Cartagena's old town. It had an important and productive participation of socio-economic agents of the municipality that have a direct or indirect relationship with the project (traders, disabled, residents, taxi drivers, etc.) and all the citizens and tourists are beneficiaries. The Plan developed a bicycle hire point, recently automated, with bicycle racks and new dedicated lanes and involved the pedestrianization of a large set of streets that form the backbone connecting port area and the expansion of the city. Funding: 7,330,285€ from Cartagena's City and from Spanish Plan for Economic Stimulus and Employment (42% and 38% respectively).
Evidence of success
As a result of this practice, the following results have been achieved. The average number of monthly bike hire is 1,500 with 7,290 registered persons, the pedestrianizated area scatters 100,000 sq.m. and there are 3,055 m. of new bike lanes. The creation of hotels and retail businesses reached its highest numbers in the period between 2006 and 2010 thanks to the improvement of the urban landscape through pedestrianization, calming traffic, and restoration of façades.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Jose Luis Gomez Linares
Annex completed on: 10-04-2013