THE inner ring road that takes traffic through the historic centre of Valencia will now have a speed limit imposed of 30 kilometres per hour with immediate effect in a bid to calm traffic.
Mayor of Valencia Joan Ribó has emphasised that the aim of the new limit is to increase safety within the busy city centre, to help to prevent accidents, reduce traffic and environmental pollution as well as to allow easier access for pedestrians, ultimately boosting local trade.
Ribó, who no longer wishes to see the historic centre being used as a means to travel from one side of the city to the other, has implied that this is a first step in achieving a system similar to that of London. In the UK capital, only authorised vehicles are permitted to circulate, effectively turning the historical centre into a pedestrian zone, an idea that is becoming more popular in many busy cities around the world.
Ribó admits there is still work to be done to make the scheme successful, including the completion of two car parks located in the central market area and Plaza de la Reina.
There are also plans to improve the cycle paths around the city, with better crossings and doubling the width of the current paths to allow cyclists to travel in both directions.