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Vehicle traffic on Formentera's roads network

Carretera-reduxThe Formentera Council's Office of Mobility reports that last year from August 3 to 15, the period of the year the island's network of roads experiences its heaviest use, crews gathered figures on how pedestrians, motorists and taxi drivers as well as bicycle, scooter and bus riders use roads to get a clearer picture of mobility on the island.

In an attempt to identify trends, surveyors crunched data against those produced by a similar tally from 2009. They found that nearly across the board, roads are used significantly more than before.

In terms of average daily use, or IMD for an abbreviated term used in Catalan, the only portion of the network where travellers took to the roads less frequently was between es Pujols and ses Illetes. Surveyors noted a 4% drop on that road. Elsewhere, however, upticks ranged from 2 to 26%. The most modest shifts in use (5, 2, -4 and 7%) occurred between la Savina, es Pujols and Sant Ferran, while the highway to Cala Saona saw the steepest hike in congestion, or 26%.

Highway PM-820, which cuts a line across the island from la Savina to la Mola, experienced significant surges (up to 23%) during peak periods of the day, even surpassing theoretical capacity limits set for the stretch from la Savina to es Caló de Sant Agustí. Increases of 14 and 19% were logged on the road between Sant Francesc and the crossing at es Cap de Barbaria's hallmark restaurant. A 10% upturn took place near the Maryland resort between es Caló and la Mola.

From 2016 to 2017, Formentera's population rose by 8% and vehicles (a third of them scooters) multiplied too, increasing 3.5%. Roughly eight thousand scooters and two thousand cars on the island's rental car fleets must be taken into account as well. On average there are 675 vehicles for every thousand residents, nearly 200 more than the national average, or 479:1000.

Formentera expands metred parking to Es Pujols, Sant Ferran and Sant Francesc

Aparcament la savina premsaThe Formentera Council Office of Mobility reports that from this summer, local motorists can expect to find metred parking in es Pujols, Sant Ferran and Sant Francesc. As published today in the country's official gazette, the Boletino Oficial del Estado, the Council has begun taking steps to purchase parking metres with an eye to installing them in the first half of 2018. The system is expected to be in use and fully operational in the three towns by July 1 of this year.

Trial run in la Savina
When the Council launched metred parking in la Savina back in 2015, it was the first of its kind on the island. Previously at the whim of chronic parking shortages, the town has largely seen the problem reversed. The experiment's success propelled the decision to replicate the scheme in other towns on the island that are similarly squeezed by parking crunch.

The task of patrolling the new metred spots in winter will fall to a three-person brigade of parking attendants and in summer their ranks will swell to 16. As laid out in the Council's 2018 budget, members of the brigade will be employed by the municipality and contracted by the Council.

Meetings will be held with neighbourhood associations in each town to explain the particulars of the project in each case.

Consell d'Entitats
Today the metred parking scheme, known as pàrquing regulat in Catalan, reflects the same model that was presented before the island's citizen participation entity (Consell d'Entitats) in 2014 and 2015. Many of the group's gatherings over the years have focused on the goal of cutting the number of vehicles in circulation on the island, particularly in summer.

Discussions at Consell d'Entitats meetings succeeded in generating a range of new proposals. Though some, like collecting information on vehicles that enter the island, fall under the authority of the Govern balear, others, such as regulating parking in urban areas, are within the Council's purview. In that regard, the planned expansion of the scheme is as much about optimising how people park as it is encouraging them to drive less.

Local road closes for upgrades

entrada aparcament dissuassiu sant ferranThe Formentera Council's infrastructure and mobility offices wish to announce that due to construction, from this Wednesday, January 10, carrer Guillem de Montgrí will be closed. Carrer Guillem de Montgrí is an arterial that cuts across es Pujols and communicates the main road (avinguda Joan Castelló Guasch) with the town's roundabout.

Changes in vehicle traffic flow
To offset for the closure, a series of changes have been instated to minimise impact on mobility in town. The following are the main changes:

Access to the Sant Ferran school; with access to avinguda Joan Castelló Guasch via two roads —Sant Jaume and Tarragona— still open, access to the school will be unaffected despite the road closure.

Access to carrer Major; motorists can still access the northern stretch of carrer Major from the northern-most roundabout at the town's entrance.

Pedestrian access; carrers Mallorca, Menorca and Havana can still be reached via carrer Alacant, which will accommodate vehicle traffic both ways during construction.

Likewise, drivers must use the ring road in order to travel to the southern parts of Sant Ferran and es Pujols.

It bears remembering that an 70-vehicle overflow car park was opened in early December in a bid to minimise inconveniences caused by the works. The lot is located adjacent to the roundabout.

Work across two sites —at carrers Guillem de Montgrí and València— started this Wednesday and is expected to be complete by May 1.

Council tees up one-off transport plan for January 3 showdown between SD Formentera and Deportivo Alavés

As SD Formentera gear up to face off against Deportivo Alavés at the island's local pitch, the Office of Mobility of the Formentera Council have put together plans to reroute traffic from an adjacent road, Camí Vell de la Mola. The match, part of the round of sixteen in the Copa del Rey, or King's Cup, will begin at 7.00pm on Wednesday, January 3.

The logic of the plan is to assure orderly, fluid entry to and exit from the Camp Municipal d'Esports before and after the match. The following conditions must be respected by any attending persons:

3.00pm to 10.00pm: Controlled circulation along Camí Vell de la Mola, one-way towards Es Ca Marí from Sant Francesc.
3.00pm to 4.00pm: Vehicle traffic without restrictions.
4.00pm to 10.00pm: Vehicle traffic prohibited except for authorised officials and area residents.
5.30pm: Pitch gates open.

As spectators are asked to arrive at the match on foot, a meet-up is scheduled for 5.00pm in the Sant Francesc town square. From there, all are encouraged to come out to show support for SD Formentera during this historic fixture.

A free pick-up and drop-off shuttle service will be available from 5.00pm to 7.00pm for individuals with special mobility needs. The coach will make four stops in Sant Francesc: sa Senieta, Antoni Blanc fitness centre, Fossar Vell parking lot and the roundabout. Riders must wait at these locations to be picked up. Service will continue after the match.

Additional coaches serving the regular La Savina port-Sant Francesc bus route will accommodate football fans traveling from Eivissa for the event. From 9.30am to 7.00pm, every boat that arrives at the port will be met with a bus to take passengers from La Savina to the Sant Francesc roundabout. Access to the Camp Municipal both before and after the game will be limited to pedestrians. Following the match, buses bound for La Savina will depart from the roundabout. Riders will be charged €3 for a single ticket; return tickets are €5.

At close of 2017, motorists on vehicle inspection service's waiting list: zero

Foto itv formenteraThe Formentera Council's Office of Mobility reports that, as ever, the Technical Inspection of Vehicles, or ITV, will temporarily close its doors for the Christmas season. Personnel at the office, which conducts roadworthiness tests, will take their winter holiday from December 18 to January 19.

On another note, we are pleased to announce that at year end 2017, no names will remain on the ITV office's list of drivers waiting to perform vehicle tests. After temporarily shuttering when a specialist took leave in September, the office added afternoon appointments in October and November to recoup the time and finish the year without a wait list.

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