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La Savina metered parking passes must be renewed yearly

oac autoritzacionsThe Formentera Council Office of Mobility is issuing a reminder to islanders that passes for la Savina's “regulated” street parking must be renewed annually. Department head Rafael González referred drivers to the receipt they got on renewing their pass last time. The current system replaces one which required pass-holders to demonstrate authorisation with a windscreen decal bearing an expiry date. Councillor González said the majority of passes were delivered in February and March.

Anyone wishing to renew his or her annual pass can do so in person at the Citizen Information Office (OAC) or via the office's online platform, OVAC. Last year the Council granted 4,400 individuals and businesses passes, which must be renewed one year after the date of issue.

According to the councillor, the winter timetable will be in effect through May 1. Under the present system, parking is metered Monday through Saturday from 9.00am to 2.00pm and Monday through Friday afternoons and evenings as well, from 4.00 to 8.00pm. On Sundays and bank holidays parking is free. In winter cars can be left in blue zone spaces up to three consecutive days. In summertime the limit is one day. Pass-holders can park in green zone spaces up to three days in winter. La Savina residents are given 15 days to park in the green zone, in both summer and winter. When the summer timetable comes into force in May, metered parking will be in effect from 9.00am to 9.00pm Monday through Friday.

One more snag-free summer for la Savina's metered parking

Aparcament la Savina premsaThe Office of Transport of the Formentera Council has announced that starting today, Tuesday November 1, winter hours take effect for metered parking in la Savina. Parking is regulated Monday through Saturday from 9.00am to 2.00pm and Monday through Friday 4.00 till 8.00pm. Free parking is applied Sundays and bank holidays. The current scheme will be enforced until May 1.

From today forward, vehicles can remain parked in blue zones up to three days in a row, whereas in summertime they are restricted to one. Authorised users can leave vehicles parked in green zones up to three days; for residents of la Savina, meanwhile, the limit —as in summer— is 15.

Glowing assessment
Transport councillor Rafael González gave a favourable review of the second summer that metered parking is used in la Savina. “We've had a functional parking system that has allowed locals and tourists alike to enjoy this part of the island,” said González, in a positive appraisal of the traction the system has gained locally. The councillor also celebrated timetable changes, pushed by the town's neighbourhood association, that mean three fewer hours of nighttime pay parking.

Now in its second year, the scheme had netted the Formentera Council €180,000 in blue zone collections as of November 1. With expenditures for staff, materials, land and permits to contract harbour employees at €172,000, the service, says González, is self-sustaining.

In another note, from tomorrow the overspill parking lot located in la Savina across from Illes Pitiüses park will be closed.

Sant Francesc is all bicycles and homegrown treats

bicicletadaToday, Thursday September 22, the Formentera Council's Office of Mobility organised a bike ride across the island's network of nature trails, the rutes verdes. After a 9.30am rendezvous at plaça de la Constitució, a forty-strong group of participants set out for Cala Saona prepared to put three of the 32 routes to the test. Rafael González fronted the event together with tourism councillor Alejandra Ferrer, who jumped on the chance to celebrate the Council's tourist-appreciation day the most sustainable way possible, and sports councillor Jordi Vidal.

Dia del Turista
As Ferrer explained, the Office of Tourism had rescheduled its tourist day celebrations in a conscious effort to “highlight the importance of sustainability and ensure Formentera's visitors are on the same page when it comes to environmentally-friendly transport”. “We rescheduled our Dia del Turista plans in order to bring [European Mobility Week] into even sharper focus”.

This week was marked by a push to spread the word across local hotels and tourist lodgings about green activities like today's bike ride. At 11.00am, back from the morning jaunt, cyclists were met with a sampling of local products in the Sant Francesc square. The sustainable gathering was open to everyone on the island.

Metered parking free for electric vehicles on Formentera

expoelectrics 210916This morning in Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució, the Formentera Council (CiF) staged an exhibition of zero-emission vehicles. Local firms Cooltra, Es Brolls, Novelec and Proauto displayed their selection of e-vehicles and recharge units and the Council exhibited part of its electric fleet as well.

The event was held to commemorate European Mobility Week, and, explained CiF transport councillor Rafael González, “so locals and tourists can get a first-hand look at these kinds of cars and the advantages of using them”. González seized the opportunity to announce a change for the coming summer: free parking for electric vehicles at the Plaça Europa underground car park. With the change, all metered and pay parking on the island will be free for e-vehicles.

Bike ride across the island's nature trails
Commemorative activities for European Mobility Week will continue tomorrow, Thursday September 22, with a bike ride to spread the word about the island's network of nature trails, the so-called rutes verdes. Participants in the ride will gather at 9.30am in plaça de la Constitució, and bikes will be available at no charge for anyone keen to join in. The loop will run to Cala Saona and back, picking up three of the 32 trails on the island.

Tourist-appreciation day
Immediately after the bike ride, Formentera will celebrate its tourists by offering them a sampling of local products. The event is scheduled for 11.00am, when participants in the morning bike ride are expected to roll back into town. The assortment of snacks will be open to the general public.

Formentera unveils nature trails for European Mobility Week

rutes verdes senyalecticaA full programme of activities underpins the Formentera Council's backing of European Mobility Week. At the top of the list, said Rafael González, is an initiative called Rutes Verdes, a network of thirty-two newly completed nature trails. The transport councillor called the bid to boost exploration of the island by bike one of the Council's “star projects”.

For the Council, European Mobility Week also has great symbolic value; our administration has for years made strides in sustainable mobility. The Council, González said, backs any effort to enjoy the island in ways that are cleaner, quieter and more sustainable.

This Thursday, September 21, an exhibition of zero-emissions vehicles will unfold in plaça de la Constitució from 10.00am to 1.00pm. Various local companies will showcase models from their e-vehicle fleets and the Council will follow suit, with displays of two of its own E-Meharis, two scooters and two bikes. Formentera's celebration of the yearly European Mobility Week campaign centres on “giving locals and tourists a way to discover the advantage of these vehicles firsthand”, said the councillor.

Bike ride and tourist-appreciation day
Visitors and residents alike are invited to jump on board, Thursday September 22, for a bicicletada (bike ride) across the island's network of nature trails. The gathering point has been set at 9.30am at plaça de la Constitució. From there, participants will set out for Cala Saona, making their way across three of Formentera's 32 bike and walk paths. González was sure to highlight the trails' newly installed signage. His office runs the initiative with the help of tourism councillor Alejandra Ferrer.

The Office of Tourism has slated celebrations for its tourist-appreciation day, Dia del Turista, on the same day, Thursday September 22, “to put the spotlight on sustainability and see that Formentera's visiting tourists are committed to this kind of transport”, said González. According to the councillor, moving Dia del Turista to its current spot on the calendar was the Council's way of letting tourists know where Formentera's priorities lie and boosting the importance of the Mobility Week initiative.

An outreach campaign over the last week at area hotels and tourist lodgings was aimed at getting the word out about the activities and the trails system. At approximately 11.00am on Thursday, when bike ride participants make it back to plaça de la Constitució, they will be met with a sampling of traditional Formentera products. All of Formentera is invited to come out and participate in this encounter for increased sustainability.

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