Holidaymakers visiting Gibraltar will soon be able to enjoy enhanced options for sustainable and healthy tourism. This follows the launch of the government’s “Active Travel Strategy”, which aims to present a future vision for such activities as walking and cycling in a “greener and more liveable” city environment.
The new strategic initiative complements the government’s previously launched “Sustainable Traffic and Transport Parking Plan” and a forthcoming development plan which will “serve as a reference to the community as a whole, in laying down expectations on architects, developers and planners for all future developments to be commensurate with a healthy, sustainable and green way of thinking”.
According to the government, the proposed strategic plan, which is now open for public discussion and input, will outline developments and improvements for active travel in Gibraltar, “creating further opportunities for locals and tourists to enjoy and appreciate our public spaces, through enhancements to our pedestrian areas and the introduction of cycle infrastructure, to get us where we need to go quickly, or simply to exercise safely…. It is hoped that the strategy will deliver a greener, more sustainable vision for the future of urban mobility within Gibraltar.”
Announcing details of the initiative, minister for transport Paul Balban said, “I am extremely excited to announce our vision for a greener and more liveable city. Our sustainable Active Travel Strategy makes better use of our urban space, providing more opportunities for people to meet, socialise, walk and cycle safely. The launch of these consultation documents will provide the seeds that will give birth to the ‘cycle lane’ in Gibraltar and will also provide the community with better, safer, healthier and environmentally greener surroundings to enjoy.”