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Daily service for L1 and L2 lines plus new route serving market in La Mola

The Formentera Department of Mobility reports that the local public transport service will begin operating seven days a week as of 15 May. Until now, the service was provided Monday through Friday and Saturday mornings.

The following lines will extend current service to include Saturday afternoons and Sundays:

The L1: circular line around Estany Pudent and connecting La Savina, Es Pujols, Sant Ferran, Sant Francesc and ultimately, La Savina once again. Service from 7.30am to 8.00pm.

The L2: La Savina to La Mola via Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and Es Caló. Service from 7.25am to 9.10pm.

A third line will begin operating when The Market in La Mola opens Sunday 16 May. This line runs on market days (Wednesdays and Sundays) and departs from Sa Roqueta, Es Pujols and Es Copinar.

Mobility chief Rafael González put it simply: “Bus service will expand as tourist activity on the island increases”.

13 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

L1 and L2 routes:

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Market route:

cartell 2021 bus B

Formentera lowers speed limit in towns

foto 2021 velocitat 30The Formentera Department of Mobility reports that the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) has introduced new speed limits on roads in urban areas effective 11 May. “About forty signs with the new speed limit have gone up so drivers know the rules on each road”, explained FDM chair Rafael Gonzalez.

In towns, motorists are limited to 30 km/hour on most, though not all, streets. The following rules apply:

20km/hour on single-level streets (no raised pavement) like the promenade in La Savina, Carrer de Guillem de Montgrí in Sant Ferran, Carrer de Àngela Ferrer in La Mola, among others.
30km/hour on all other urban streets, including Pla del Rei in Sant Francesc and Carrer de s’Espalmador in Es Pujols, among others.

A 30km/hour speed limit is also in effect on stretches of highway that cut through towns, like on Avinguda de la Mediterrània in La Savina, Avinguda de Joan Castelló i Guasch in Sant Ferran, Avinguda de la Mola in La Mola, among others.

The speed limit is 30km/hour at roundabouts, and 50km/hour on ring roads on the outskirts of Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and Es Pujols.

Local decision-makers passed the speed limit reduction in late 2018 as part of the island’s Sustainable Mobility Plan. González pointed out that the new limits have already been in force on roads where upgrades have been performed recently.

11 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Summer hours for metred parking on Formentera

foto 2021 parquing regulatChief of the Formentera Department of Mobility, Rafael González, reports that from tomorrow, Saturday 1 May, summer hours will be enforced in pay-to-park areas of La Savina, Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and Es Pujols. Rules are in force from Monday to Sunday 9.00am to 9.00pm.

Motorists who are eligible for the blue zone exemption can use their associated free pass while parked in any blue space on the island. Drivers ineligible for the blue zone exemption pay €1.20 an hour.

In summer and provided a pass is displayed, a vehicle can occupy the same blue zone spot up to 24 hours; in winter, the limit is extended to 72 hours. As for green zone spots, they are restricted to authorised vehicles (time limit: 24 hours) and La Savina residents (15 days).

New app
Councillor González pointed out that Flowbird Parking went online in late March, and encouraged drivers unfamiliar with the free app to download it from the App Store or Google Play and try it out. Users are asked at set-up to provide details about their vehicle. Once this data is stored, drivers can simply walk to a parking metre, enter their plate number and, instead of printing out a parking pass, they receive it directly on their smart-phone. Users can also set an alert so they know when their time is about to expire.

Tourist vouchers
González also pointed to vouchers for tourists who overnight near blue zone parking. Available at tourist accommodations in urban areas of the island, vouchers entitle their holders to 25% off standard blue zone rates.

15-minute spots
15-minute parking remains in effect. Located in Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran, these spaces are designed to promote vehicle circulation in areas of heavy business activity and parking shortage.

For more details visit http://www.zonablava.com.

30 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

New blue-green zone parking app lets drivers go paperless and protect the environment

foto 2021 aparca sense paperNew blue-green zone parking app lets drivers go paperless and protect the environment
Consell de Formentera premiere Alejandra Ferrer and mobility chief Rafael González gave a press conference today to present a new app that allows motorists to add time for metred “blue and green zone” parking directly on their phones.

“We want islanders to take to the new app because of the built-in environmental benefits of paperless parking”, confided Ferrer, “but it’s also a time-saver: motorists now no longer have to spend time printing parking passes”.

How it works
The free Flowbird Parking app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. Once the download is complete, submit your vehicle details into the app and go to a parking metre to enter your vehicle plate number. Rather than getting your parking pass from the metre, you’ll receive it on your mobile phone, where you can also set an alert to warn you when your time is almost up.

The mobility chief described the app’s three major benefits as forgoing printed passes, sparing drivers the trip back to their vehicle, and getting an alert when passes expire.

González said that people who preferred to do without the app would be able to get paper passes as they have done till now; the only difference is that now there’s no need to leave them in their vehicle.

Communications push
President Ferrer reminded islanders that the pay-to-park system started in La Savina in 2015 in response to that town’s parking crunch before gradually spreading to other towns.

The Consell has put together a video reminding drivers about the genesis of the local metred parking rollout and showing them all that’s new with the new app.

A tutorial on how to use Flowbird Parking has also been posted here., which can be seen here. Consell officials have hailed the collaboration of IB3, which supplied past images of the island to illustrate La Savina’s parking woes pre-blue zone.

Revamped website: zonablava.com
Details about the new paperless system are in Catalan, Spanish, English and Italian and can be found on the zonablava.com site. Tourists can use the app and pay by credit card. For Formentera residents, blue zone parking remains free of charge.

Promotional materials have been posted around the island, including at bus stop displays, and parking attendants carry explanatory brochures on hand.

Visitors to the website can also find information about vouchers which the Consell de Formentera makes available to urban tourist accommodations so guests can enjoy 25% off the cost of parking.

Checking parking authorisation
The zonablava.com website also features a section where you can enter your vehicle plate number and check whether your parking authorisations are in order and plan ahead by seeing in advance when they expire. Remember: renewals can be done online at the Virtual Citizen Information Office (OVAC) or in person and by appointment at the Citizen Information Office (OAC).

24 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Tourists can pre-register for formentera.eco from 15 March

Formentera mobility department chief Rafael González announced today that Monday 15 March will mark the start of early registration for all those hoping to drive on the island between 24 June and 7 September 2021. From Monday, tourists can ‘pre-register’ online at no charge, with bookings becoming official when confirmation emails are sent out in May.

From the last week in June to the first in September, the total number of vehicles on local roads will be capped at 20,591 (four per cent fewer than in 2020). Individuals who drive a vehicle on the island during that period must first obtain a permit on the formentera.eco website.

“Permit request is simple and similar to that of any bookings website”, said González, telling motorists to expect to know by May whether the process would be fee-based or free as during last year’s Covid crisis. If fee-based, permits will cost €1.00 per day, with a five-day minimum; permits for motorcycles or motor scooters would cost half that, with the same five-day minimum.

Resident permits
Permits will be cost-free and guaranteed for Formentera residents already in possession of a “blue zone-green zone” metred parking pass. Motorists can ensure they have been cleared for summer driving by entering their vehicle plate number on the formentera.eco website; drivers not already cleared can apply for a free permit online.

Permits are guaranteed for travellers with bookings for overnight accommodations or arrangements to travel with a personal vehicle made before March.

12 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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