The cities of today were built for automobiles, but they need to be given back to the citizens, and in this sense, we need an effort from the authorities, president Klaus Iohannis declared on Thursday, during a debate for sustainable transport in Romania, organized by the Green Revolution Association, on the occasion of World Bicycle Day.
“Naturally, I arrived here on my bike. I believe it is a very good day for us, the politicians, to promote bicycle riding,” the president said.
He said that within the city traffic “the most vulnerable” are the pedestrians and the bicycle riders.
“Our cities have been built for automobiles for the past hundred years. (…) We need to give the cities back to the people. Not everyone wants to ride in a car,” the president highlighted.
According to Klaus Iohannis, there is a need for plans, for strategies in the field, which need to be put in practice, and the authorities have the most important part.
General Mayor Nicusor Dan: I’m afraid to ride my bike in Bucharest
General mayor of Bucharest Nicusor Dan said on Thursday that he is afraid to ride a bicycle in Bucharest because of the cars in traffic.
“I am afraid to ride a bike in Bucharest. I have to cross paths with cars,” he said after a debate on sustainable transport in Romania, organized by the Green Revolution Association, on the occasion of World Bicycle Day.
He came to the event by bicycle, together with the Minister of Environment, Tanczos Barna. President Klaus Iohannis, who came and left by bicycle, also took part in the debate.
Asked if the head of state is in danger on his way to the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, Nicusor Dan replied: “No, he will go there on set up cycling paths”.
In fact, when leaving the event, the president spoke about the importance of wearing a safety helmet when cycling. “We didn’t talk about this [at the debate – ed.n.], but it matters, in a positive sense,” Iohannis said as he put on his helmet.
Dan announces parking strategy to clear city’s right-hand lanes of tens of thousands of cars
The Bucharest municipality will take measures to clear the streets’ lane one of the tens of thousands of parked cars, the Capital City’s General Mayor Nicusor Dan told a debate today on sustainable transport in Romania.
The mayor explained that the construction of new bike lanes will be possible only after the implementation of the parking strategy.
“For this we must free the city from parked cars and this comes through the parking strategy. So, the parking strategy first, then the bike lanes,” Nicusor Dan said.
According to the mayor, Bucharest only has 15 – 20 kilometers of bicycle lanes fitted according to standards.
“(…) Even if we wanted to build bike lanes now, we wouldn’t have where to do it because of the cars parked everywhere on the right-hand lane so that the first thing is to find, through the parking strategy, alternative solutions in order to move the cars off lane one and get some considerable space. It is useless to have a bike lane that is not connected to others,” he said.
In the mayor’s opinion, only a part of the routes established through the plans for the construction of bicycle lanes with funding from the Environment Ministry are useful, and he suggested for instance a broader track linking the Grozavesti quarter to the United Nations Square, which should carry both public transport and bicycles.
Nicusor Dan also termed the former administration’s bike-buying voucher program as useless. “In absence of bike lanes, what’s the point of giving vouchers to people to buy bikes?,” the mayor inquired.
Compiled from Agerpres