This initiative allows citizens to learn how to cycle in Madrid, together with municipal policemen. With this project, the City Council of Madrid is promoting and encouraging the use of bicycles as a means of healthy and sustainable transport.
The activity is divided into two phases:
-Theoretical: training in traffic regulations for bicycles and the provision of practical information and tips.
-Practical: which involves riding in different cycling environments: road traffic, cycle lanes, pavements, park, and so on.
Madrid Río has become the centre of the activity, as it is the starting point for the three specially designed cycle rides. It tries to start out in a simple setting, but one that requires some rules of conduct, as the space is shared with pedestrians, many of them senior citizens and children.
During the cycle rides, the participants are shown the difference between cycling on the Madrid Río bikeable path (obeying the pedestrians’ right-of-way) and cycling on nearby streets, where cyclists ride alongside other vehicles.
SAMUR and Civil Protection are collaborating with these activities by providing healthcare coverage during the activity should any situations occur.
-Bring your own bicycle (in good condition), with a bell and, preferably, with a front and rear lighting system.
-Be an adult or over 16 and accompanied by an adult.
-Be able to ride your bicycle well enough to cycle safely on public streets.
-The activity is carried out in groups of a minimum of five and a maximum of twelve participants.
To promote the use of the bicycle as a means of transport through the city, learning the cycling rules contained in the Spanish Highway Code. To provide information and advice for cyclists so that they use Madrid’s streets safely, showing them different ways to cycle depending on the setting they are in.
The project costs approximately 53,500 euros.
THE PROJECT IN FIGURES
125 activities scheduled on Sundays. The plan is to train a population of approximately 1,500 people. Members of the Municipal Police will accompany each of the sessions.
The project will run from September 2017 to November 2019.