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Formentera launches info push for metred parking system

foto 15m parquin regulatThe Formentera Council's mobility department is rolling out a campaign to educate islanders about the"regulated" or metred parking service that has been activated in the largest towns across Formentera in recent years.

Department head Rafael González said the information push sought to “clear up the questions concerning use of blue and green zone parking spaces, not just for islanders, but for visiting tourists as well”.

15 minutes for business
One of the campaign's chief messages has to do with the 15-minute spots incorporated into blue zone areas when Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran were prepped for the metred parking system. Anyone —both residents and visitors— can park free for up to 15 minutes; they just need to obtain a ticket.

The 15-minute parking areas have been placed strategically around the two towns and were created in response to requests by local business owners keen to encourage frequent rotation of vehicles. González said the move was about “giving drivers 15 minutes to do their shopping and making it easier to patronise local commerce”.

Information brochures
Informational material has been printed to get motorists up to speed about the ins and outs —and timetables— of the metred parking system and tackle the major questions. Metre maids will be charged with handing out the two thousand tracts among drivers who park in blue-zone spots, shop personnel and individuals driving rented vehicles.

An informative poster has also been put together to spotlight the campaign's central “15 minutes for business” message and will be affixed to bus stops and other eye-catching areas. The zonablava.com website has also been created as a one-stop shop for information. A video is also expected before summer to reach out to tourists.

The mobility chief thanked islanders for doing their best to use the blue zone correctly and framed such efforts as key to the parking improvements seen on Formentera in recent years.

New car park in vicinity of Sant Ferran school

foto-aparcament-sant-ferran-1-1The Formentera Council's mobility department announces the opening of a new parking area in the school zone in Sant Ferran. The 1,200-square-metre lot has room for roughly 40 vehicles and is located at the intersection of carrer Tarragona and the main highway.

Mobility chief Rafael González described it as “a supply of available parking on the east side of avinguda Joan Castelló i Guasch while work on the remodel is under way” and “a way to facilitate parking when classes in Sant Ferran begin and let out”.

González called attention to the large stock of parking spaces at the other end of the avenue alongside the ring road. The Formentera Council is renting the land where the new car park sits for €500/month (VAT included).

Two-way traffic resumes on la Savina road

foto-doble-sentit-carrer-del-c2The Formentera Council's mobility office reports that la Savina's carrer del Carme reopened to two-way vehicle traffic this morning, enabling entry and exit to the east end of the town's port and leaving Passeig de la Marina as an exclusively pedestrian area.

Carrer del Carme was a two-way road until it was equipped with “blue zone” parking spaces in 2015 and became one-way only. In addition to necessary traffic signage, new road surface markings were painted in yellow to signal the change; crews will repaint them white when work on the adjacent passeig, or promenade, is complete.

Balearic Port Authority is overseeing the second phase of the la Savina port's full remodel, which includes transforming removing car traffic from that part of the port and making Passeig de la Marina a pedestrian-only space from carrer del Vapor Manolito to carrer del Carme.

Aspiring taxi drivers: applications accepted for local chauffeurs' licence

Foto parada taxis FormenteraThe Formentera Council's mobility department announces the coming round of competitive exams to obtain a local taxi permit. Interested parties can sign up until January 17, 2019 in person at the OAC (“Citizen's Information Office”), carrer Ramon Llull, 6, in Sant Francesc, or online via the OVAC.

The conditions of participation can be viewed in the mobility office area of Council's website (www.consellinsulardeformentera.cat) and at this link. Two rounds of exams are planned: on February 6 and March 27. A ten-day period of registration for the second round will begin on February 20.

Department head Rafael González described the goal as “making sure our local taxi service has got qualified individuals for the 2019 season”. Results of the preliminary round of registration will be posted to the administration's bulletin board.

Crews start Monday on Sant Ferran road upgrades

foto reforma sferran antesdespres 2The Formentera Council's infrastructure office announces that Monday January 7 will see the first part of a road improvements project on avinguda Joan Castelló i Guasch in Sant Ferran. Initial work will mean relaying the avenue from the ring-road roundabout to the turnoff at carrer Guillem de Montgrí (remodelled last winter).

Following a tying off of the area on Monday, work will begin on the northern pavement between carrer Guillem de Montgrí and carrer València. Parking will not be available while construction is under way but businesses are advised that, in order to ensure stores can stay open, pedestrian access will be left unaffected. Normal traffic flow in both directions will also continue unperturbed.

The remodel includes repaving, widening pedestrian walkways, eliminating architectural barriers, undergrounding services like sanitation, drinking water, telephone, electricity and street lights as well as general street improvements. The upgrades will be familiar to improvements last winter carrers Guillem de Montgrí and València.

A new dedicated bike lane and electric vehicle recharge points are other standout features of plans.

The second phase of work, scheduled for next winter, will effect the stretch of road from Guillem de Montgrí to the school. The remodel's total price-tag is 1.9 million euros.

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