Seville City Hall, through the Urban Planning and Environment Department in coordination with the Casco Antiguo District and Mobility Zone, has reopened all lanes of the Ronda to traffic while construction works widening of the carriageway and relocation of the bike to the road lane have been completed as part of the overall project to reorganize the mobility of this road.
With the total reopening of this section to traffic and the commissioning of almost all of the cycle path, the City Council of Seville is making progress in the strategy of prioritizing pedestrian spaces and promoting sustainable means of transport.
Thus, the section between the Arco de la Macarena and San Julián is now open to traffic, after last Saturday, September 4, the cycle path and the vehicle traffic lane between San Julián and the Gardens were put in service from the valley. This action, which includes the widening of the sidewalk and the transfer of the cycle path to the road, adds to the intervention already carried out with the same objective of reorganizing mobility in Resolana, between Barqueta and Plaza de la Esperanza Macarena.
In this way, the fences of the work area between Arco de la Macarena and San Julián have been removed, leaving this section completely finished as a road and cycle path and only awaiting the construction of a connecting branch of the existing cycle route on Carretera de Carmona with the new Ronda cycle path, on the opposite sidewalk.
The cycle path has also been put into operation, except for the section between the two entrance arches of Macarena Street through the Wall, which will continue to be closed until September 15 for the completion of the works. execution of the sidewalk. . The deadline for the execution of the work ends on September 23.
With this intervention, in addition to gaining space for pedestrians, universal accessibility and safety are improved and, at the same time, it calms traffic on Ronda in accordance with what is included in the Plan Respira Sevilla for minimize pressure from rolling vehicles. this city road and divert traffic to the so-called Second Round.
In addition, this action, which benefited from a budget of 617,032.98 euros, also resulted in an improvement in road safety for pedestrians and cyclists, since the conflict caused by the coincidence of the roadway and the lane cycling has been solved in areas such as around the Church of San Hermenegildo.
The Delegate for Urban Habitat and Social Cohesion, Juan Manuel Flores, stressed that this action “represents a firm commitment to promote the use of sustainable modes of transport and, above all, a substantial improvement in pedestrian mobility, which now will have more space and more distance from the vehicles that use the cycle path”. “In short, an intervention that adds to that which has already been carried out in Resolana and which is part of the project of overall reorganization of the Historic Round and in the strategy of prioritizing pedestrian spaces, promoting active mobility in the city and the use of sustainable means of transport,” said Flores.
The work consisted of moving the existing cycle path to the carriageway, reducing it to a traffic lane and widening the carriageway over the space previously occupied by the cycle path. Thus, more surface is allocated to sustainable modes of transport (walking, cycling or VMP). Likewise, two bus lanes have been demarcated (one in each direction) and two lanes for the rest of the vehicles clockwise, except in the bend towards Miraflores Avenue, in which a third lane is activated for the turn, in order to avoid traffic jams.
Specifically, the bike path is three meters wide for almost the entire route and runs along the entire route, except for a section in front of Avenida de Miraflores, where, due to the existence of three large dimensions, to respect its location, the cycle path climbs up to the sidewalk and surrounds them from behind. The cycle path when it passes at road level, as one more traffic lane, and has only been painted green when it passes at pavement level, to improve its visibility for pedestrians and thus avoid unwanted intrusions.
A total of four platforms have been built for the Tussam stops, which the cycle path also surrounds at the rear. On the other hand, work is in progress to improve accessibility in the pedestrian crossings, by making recesses in the borders and placing tactile floors.