The municipality celebrates ‘Car-Free Day’ with free public transport and with workshops focused on the use of bicycles, as well as promoting the use of electric vehicles
Murcia celebrated this Thursday the ‘Day without a car’ inviting the ticket to users of public transport, which was free throughout the municipality. An initiative that caught many regular travelers by surprise, as is the case of Alicia Ortiz. This student from Molina de Segura who takes four buses every day to travel to the city to study at the Ramón y Cajal Institute defines herself as a great defender of sustainable mobility.
Although he has to leave home two hours early to get to class on time and he has a car, he prefers to leave it parked. «For me, every day is without a car. I love getting around by bus and walking. I save gas and all the hassle of traffic and parking. I think that in Murcia there is too much traffic. Most families have two or three cars. In my house we only have one for six people and we manage without any problem. I don’t understand people who take the car even to go buy bread. It seems nonsense to me.”
The driver of a bus explains, this Thursday, to two passengers the free public transport ticket in Murcia. /
Lucía Lucas and Jesús Yepes also don’t waste time or energy going around looking for parking. They are two residents of Cieza who made a habit of leaving their car parked on the outskirts every time they come to the capital to do business. «Today we have parked it by Espinardo and we have come by tram to the center. It seems to us the best option because in Murcia everything is four steps away and you can walk perfectly. As the economy is, we save money on gasoline and parking, in addition to saving time and avoiding the stress of driving, ”they explained as soon as they got off the tram.
Tere Garrido also likes to get around the city on foot, although she comes from Archena by bus. “I live in Barcelona and there are very good communications there, I go everywhere by metro,” she stressed. She also did not know that this Thursday it would be free to move around the municipality by bus or tram and she thought it was a “great” initiative. However, she considers that Murcia still has a long way to go to make public transport agile and to encourage drivers to leave their vehicles at home. “The bus gives you tremendous turns and it takes two hours to get to the site,” she recounted as she waited for the bus to the train station in Plaza Circular.
In addition to free public transport, other actions were carried out, such as limiting the traffic on the Puente Viejo to buses and residents of the area, as well as workshops in Plaza Camachos focused on sustainable mobility. Throughout the morning of this Thursday, about a hundred schoolchildren passed through the ‘Bike School’ that the Murcia City Council set up for the little ones to learn about road safety.
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