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Panama A Cycling Friendly Capital. Panama A Cycling Friendly CapitalCycling is a popular way to get from A to B in Europe and other countries around the world such as China and Vietnam. The Mayor of Panama, Jose Blandon, is determined to make this environmental-friendly mode of transport the norm in the capital city.
To achieve his goal he has enlisted the help of the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Panama and the company, Steer Davies Gleave, also from the UK, and created a bike route between Calidonia and Balboa Avenue called “Ciclo Carril Primera Fase” (Bike Path – Phase One ). It will operate until April 13.
The bike route covers a distance of approximately 1.5 kilometers and is open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The route starts in Avenida Cuba between Calle 42 and Calle 30, veers north up to the Mercado de las Americas on Calle 30 close to the National Lottery Square and will continue to the south of Balboa Avenue.
The route has signs marked with temporary paint, including the demarcation lanes, circulation arrows and crossings for cyclists, as well as cones to delimit circulation space for bicycles, without obstructing property entrances and exits. For that reason, parking on the side of the aforementioned roads will be restricted until Thursday, April 13.
The project aims to measure the impact on mobility in the sector and to raise public awareness about cycling as a means of transport.
Bicycles provide numerous benefits in comparison with motor vehicles, including the sustained physical exercise involved, easier parking, increased maneuverability, and easy access.
Cycling also offers a reduced consumption of fossil fuels, less air or noise pollution, and much reduced traffic congestion. These lead to less financial cost to the user as well as to society at large (negligible damage to roads, less road area required). By fitting bicycle racks on the front of buses, transit agencies can significantly increase the areas they can serve.
Hopefully the public at large will become aware of the benefits of cycling and take advantage of this new facility offered by the city.