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It is a slightly costly performance but with a certain relevancy. Fifteen Gros apples are going to turn into a 'area 30', an ambience where the circulation speed will be lower than the maxim allowed in city, which will include pedestrian progress and new bidegorris, where bicycles and cars will share space in the roadway.

The area concept 30 is not anything new in San Sebastian. It begun being applied in Aiete and was implanted in Intxaurrondo, but this is the first global performance inside a quarter. The philosophy is that in not principal streets of a quarter measurements are applied of 'calmed' of the traffic in search of major road safety, minor traffic and minor noise.

This area 30 will understand 9,75 hectares of surface, in the polygon that the streets form Big Route, Zabaleta, avenue of Navarre, Sailor Tabuyo and José Maria Soroa, an area of big residential thickness where approximately 8.000 persons live. The performance reinforces other town-planning reforms already reached in Gros, like the pedestrianization of San Francisco and the construction of the bidegorri of the New street, and keeps coherence with those who will be tackled in the future, with the construction of the new square of Catalonia and the partial pedestrianization of Zabaleta, as told the representative Mobility councilman.

The project includes two principal performances. The town-planning reshaping of two points of entry to this area 30 and the signaling of a rail for bikes for the way of the roadway in two of the streets.

The creation of an area 30 happens for a correct signaling to the drivers that is brought in in an area of limited speed. With this target and with of improving substantially the pedestrian trips he goes to re-design the Bermingham crossing with José Maria Soroa and that of the avda Navarre with José Arana and Sailor Tabuyo. In the first point, the sidewalks grow with the so called ears - sidewalk enlargement in the meetings of the streets, which think about how to protect more the pedestrian and prevent the parking in these difficult points for the visibility of the drivers - the crosswalk is constructed sobreelevado in the roadway - this has to brake the drivers and warns them that enter and circulate along an area of big pedestrian thickness - there is remodeled the parking of the nearby environment, and specific squares are created for motorbikes.

The performance will not reduce parking squares although yes any squares will be ordained as different form in the meetings of the streets.

The intervention in the access 30 from the avenue of Navarre has similar characteristics to the area: the entry is signposted, the sidewalks are extended with ears and the parking squares are rearranged. In this point the pedestrian progress has almost sense if it fits because the pedestrians have to give today an authentic detour to keep on going along along the avenue of Navarre.

Coexistence with the cars

But, undoubtedly, the element that is going to suppose major innovation with regard to the current situation is the tracing of two rails bike for Segundo Izpizua y Bermingham. In both cases there talks each other of a rail in the only sense - that of circulation of the cars - and it will pass for the center of the roadway. It will not be a bidegorri that counts with balizamiento, simply it will be painted on the asphalt.

«The itineraries are promoted this way so much in bicycle as the speed limitation of the vehicles in the area. Bikes and vehicles coexist - they share the same circulation space - what it will force to the cars to circulate slowly, in consonance with the target of calmed of the traffic that is chased», added the councilman.

This politics to begin to plan the bidegorris for the roadway is foreseen in the Plan of Sustainable Mobility and in the Local Plan of Struggle against the Climate change. The argument is that, realized the basic network (the arteries) with bidegorris segregated, the growth of the rails for the interior of the quarters (the capillaries) must develop in coexistence with the cars in secondary roadways of low speed of circulation.

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