| In this way, the existing bike lane on the North Coast will be expanded by the remaining section until reaching Montepinar, thus creating a route close to 3, 7 kilometers of cycle path | The Governing Board has approved the award of construction works for an access bike path to the Montepinar Urbanization that will allow residents of this area of ??El Esparragal to move around with their bicycles in complete safety since the new infrastructure will connect with the already existing on the North Coast.In this way, the existing bicycle lane on the North Coast will be expanded by the remaining section until reaching Montepinar, thus creating a route close to 3.7 kilometers of cycle path.Once all the remaining sections of this cycle lane have been completed, it will have an approximate length of 12 kilometers and will connect from this point to the hamlet of La Ñora.The bike path proposed in the project has a segregated typology, both for road traffic and pedestrian traffic.
Once executed and joined to the rest of the bike paths of the North Coast, it will form part of the arterial network of bike paths in the city.Thus, the new road will run adjacent to the RMA4 road, whose ownership falls on the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia.
For this reason, the works must be authorized by said body prior to their execution, in such a way that the winning company must expressly request authorization from said body before the works begin.Specifically, given the high intensity of traffic currently supported by the Costera Norte road, it is essential to maintain the current lanes and their dimensions, but also to maintain as far as possible an external shoulder that allows adequate functionality and the necessary safety.
For this reason, it is proposed to reduce the existing shoulder, which measures approximately 1.30 m wide, to a new 1-meter shoulder that separates the traffic from the curb to be executed, which results in improving the safety of cyclists while The comfort and safety of road traffic are maintained as much as possible.The route will run parallel to the road, from its initial kilometer point to kilometer point 285 from which it progressively separates from the road through the wooded area.In this way, the final point of the proposed route is reached, 342, where the union with the existing sidewalk in the main access road to the urbanization occurs.From this point the cyclist can move to any point of the urbanization running through the internal roads of the same.Regarding the typology of the bicycle lane, it will be similar to that of the cycle path that runs parallel to the North Coast.
For this reason, the bicycle lane will run separately from the existing road, not only through the one-meter shoulder, but also raised above it, similar to the pedestrian sidewalks.For this, a precast concrete curb and a row of PVC bollards will be used, which, visually, delimit a line that separates both roads (the road traffic and that of cyclists) providing a greater sense of security to all of them.
In this way, while the intended row of bollards serves as a visual (but not a physical) barrier, the concrete curb performs the opposite function (a physical barrier, not so much a visual barrier).In addition, luminaires and new vertical signs specific to bicycles will be installed, since the design of the bike lane segregated from motor vehicles is the only signaling necessary for cyclists.The works will be carried out by Ayllonza, SL, for an amount of 73,362.87 euros, within a period of 4 months.
Source: Ayuntamiento de Murcia