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Council mounts push for cyclist visibility

Foto presentacio campanya deixa espai a la vidaThe Formentera Council's Office of Mobility has rolled out a plan to educate motorists about respecting cyclists' right to the road. In the words of department head Rafael González, the goal is to reach all motorists, although the campaign specifically calls out professional drivers—lorry, coach and taxicab drivers—for their role in heeding “rules that are there to save lives” as well as the minimum metre-and-a-half space to maintain when overtaking riders.

The mobility office has plans to distribute 100 newly-printed posters and 2,000 informational leaflets to career drivers and automobile renters, as well as Eivissa and Formentera's small and medium-sized business association, the local chamber of commerce and information kiosks for tourists. From 12 noon, large-sized posters will be displayed at bus stops and other key points on the island. The rollout has been set to coincide with European Sustainable Mobility Week, 16-22 September. Secretary González pointed out how common it is for tourists and locals alike to opt for two-wheel travel with the mild temperatures of September and October. Furthermore, he said, as Formentera's youngsters head back to school this month, many of them will get there by bike.

The posters and pamphlets both feature a cyclist atop her bicycle and a nearby passing vehicle with, occupying the space of a metre and a half between them, the bike rider's family. One and a half metres is the distance required to safely overtake a cyclist. The image hammers the importance of two things: the metre-and-a-half birth to give when passing cyclists and all the other lives at stake with vehicle-bicycle accidents.

Also included in the leaflets are reminders of traffic rules as they relate to cyclist safety. Council members voted to implement the campaign at the administration's May plenary session.

Improving trash-tossing habits

Foto xerrada residus escoletaStaff at the Formentera Council's two escoletes, or “nurseries,” attended a course today aimed at promoting good waste disposal habits. An environmental educator spoke to the workers about how to group rubbish before tossing it out and where it goes once it's binned. Environment secretary Daisee Aguilera gave an indication of the answer: the Deixalleria, or “rubbish tip,” as it's called in English. Said Aguilera of the course, “attendees got a sense of just how much it really costs to dispose of garbage”. The workshop was held at 11.30am this morning in the conference hall of the Office of Culture.

According to Aguilera, when a visit to assess bin habits confirmed that recycling was already routine in the kitchen, the teachers' lounge and common areas of the nurseries, the educator proposed implementing separate recycling bags in classrooms this year. The workshop could potentially be extended to other schools on the island.

Student outings will also be organised to the Deixalleria and local transfer plant. It's all part of an effort, says Aguilera, to give youngsters “an up-close look at what happens when they toss something in the bin”. Adults can get in on the visits too—just another way to make sure people know what becomes of their waste. Anyone interested in participating can send an e-mail to infoambiental@conselldeformentera.cat.

With help from administration, 77 islanders specialise in scuba-diving

Foto cursos busseig vellmari reduxAccording to a report issued today by the Formentera Council's Office of Sport, 77 Formentera residents got financial help paying for recreational scuba-diving classes in 2017 with funding made possible by a deal between the Council and Vellmarí dive centre.

Thirty-seven individuals signed up to take an introductory course at a 50% discount, 15 received 60% off a “junior” course and another 25 students got instruction for ongoing divers at a 38% discount. All told, the funding totalled €7,000.

The administration hopes to see more islanders taking an interest in the island's undersea life and scuba-diving. To CiF sport secretary Jordi Vidal, conditions on Formentera “make it a no-brainer as a destination for the activity”. The Council's partnership with Vellmarí spans more than a decade. During that time, upwards of 700 residents have received specialised diving instruction, which Vidal describes as “a way to educate people about the vast wealth of our undersea habitats and posidonia meadows”.

Council's latest leg-up includes €74k in funding for local sports clubs and €9k for specialised athletes

Foto vela 2017Seventy-four thousand euros, unlocked by the department of fitness of the Formentera Council, will be handed out to eight local associations that applied for assistance promoting fitness, including Formentera's dojo and football team as well as associations built around tennis, racing, basketball and swimming, plus the Grup Esportiu Espalmador.

That was the message trumpeted by CiF fitness secretary Jordi Vidal, who highlighted the role such funding plays in driving sports clubs on the island. This year the administration will introduce early payouts of 50%. According to the secretary, the strategy is intended to reduce the financial burden on clubs.

Individual assistance
Separately the administration is also disclosed it will offer nine thousand euros to three local sportspeople. All under 18, the recipients include specialists in athletics, tennis and sailing.

Vidal framed the assistance as “a boost we hope will help our athletes get the guidance they'll need in their futures in pro sport”. The individual assistance is the result of a partnership between the Council and Fundació per a l'Esport Balear.

A second round of applications for trainers and other sportspeople. Interested parties should contact the CiF fitness office (àrea d'Esports) and visit the website http://esportesmes.org for eligibility requirements. A joint subcommittee of Council and Fundació representatives reviews applications based on need and performance.

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