The Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council will start from this Friday the 22nd with the changes in the circulation of vehicles on Alfaro streets, Prolongación de Ramón y Cajal and Ramón y Cajal itself in an ascending direction.
The modifications will be made so that both drivers and pedestrians get used to it before the Friday the 29ththe buses of seven lines Change your route and from Miraflores Street turn left, onto Alfaro Street, to continue along Ramón y Cajal, until you reach Álvarez de Lugo Street and your usual route.
From the Centro-Ifara district, Councilor Purificación Dávila affirms that “the first thing that must be highlighted is that this is a decision that not only takes into account the opinion of the residents of Serrano Street, who requested that the the buses through it, which is very narrow, but also responds to the safety of this route” and adds that “the passage of the buses through this narrow street and its turn in Álvarez de Lugo has caused a safety problem for years. road, due to the risk of accidents, so in meetings with neighbors we have tried to find solutions,” confirms Dávila.
Evelyn Alonso, Councilor for Mobility, maintains that “for this reason, the City Council analyzed the problem and the risk to road safety and considered different alternatives and proposals to change the route of the buses” and adds that “after several technical analyzes that they have taken into account many options and many other routes, using the technical tools that are used in these cases, with traffic models, with microsimulation, with real night tests with the collaboration of the Local Police and the bus operators themselves, “The new route has been mapped.”
“The solution that is going to be implemented – Alonso argues – is that the buses that currently stop on Miraflores Street, at the Children’s Hospital, will continue to do so, but a little further down, to then be able to turn left on the street. Alfaro, until you turn again, this time to the right, in an upward direction along Prolongación de Ramón y Cajal street” and advances that “in such a way that it will cross Galcerán to continue ascending, where you will have a great stop in the Plaza Militar ( or Pedro Schwartz), to continue upwards, through Ramón y Cajal, until connecting with its usual route after Álvarez de Lugo.”
From the Mobility area it is indicated that the current stop that was a little above this intersection with Álvarez de Lugo, is moved to the vicinity of Castro Street, with the purpose of separating it a little from the new one that will be installed in the Military Square.
On the other hand, it must be taken into account that all this new movement implies changes in circulation and affects a series of parking lots. Specifically in the area of Alfaro and Ramón y Cajal, up to Galcerán street, although although parking is affected, it is compensated to the same extent, since on Miraflores street, from Alfaro to Galcerán, the left uphill lane is It will be dedicated entirely to parking, in such a way that the 20 that are lost in the modification of circulation in Alfaro and Ramón y Cajal Extension, are compensated by those in Miraflores.
On the other hand, “it should be noted that parking spaces have been set up for motorcycles, which that area lacked, given that it is an enclave that registers a large influx of motorcycles, and whose users also requested that they be taken into account when parking. design parking spaces,” they argue from Mobility.
This large bus stop is located in the Plaza Militar or Pedro Schwartz, where 10 parking spaces on that side are lost, “although it must be taken into account that, in reality, what it is about is giving value to the transport user public as a bet on this new mobility, in a route that will be carried out by seven public transport lines,” explains Evelyn Alonso, who emphasizes that “these lines transport a daily average of 17,000 passengers, so it must be clear that from the area, what is intended is to make public transportation easier to the detriment of private transportation.”
Except for those ten parking spaces, it must be taken into account that the parking lots on Ramón y Cajal Street, from Iriarte Street upwards, will not be affected, since the bus will circulate in the current lane that it already occupies.
“The conclusion that must be drawn – comments the district councilor – is that, finally, public transport used by 17,000 people a day is favored and, with this action, in addition to supporting this mode of transport and circulation in this area, avoid Road Safety risks that had been occurring on Serrano Street” and concludes by stating that “the commitment to this mobility action, also demanded by the residents of Serrano Street in several meetings, which the only thing that will bring Consequently, it is the suppression of those 10 parking spaces.”
Finally, from the Mobility area they remember that the change of circulation for vehicles in general will occur starting at 10 in the morning this coming Friday, the 22nd, so caution and understanding are once again requested, “now that the first days of these changes are always a little problematic for users who already have a regular route” and in this sense they ask that “pay attention to the signage and the Local Police, remembering at the same time that the change will be made gradual until next Friday, the 29th, when the buses of the affected lines will already circulate.”