Doubts and criticisms with the draft of the new Mobility regulation that regulates the use of bicycles and electric scooters The Department of Mobility of Valencia led by the mayor Giuseppe Grezzi, former member of the vindicative association València en Bici, has presented a part of the draft of the future Mobility Ordinance, which should replace the current one (of the year 2010). The municipal regulations will regulate the use and update of the rules of bicycles and electric scooters in Valencia, among other aspects still to be defined. Some of the novelties announced in the draft have unleashed harsh opposition in neighbors, police and parties and have also received the applause of entities and users of bikes and scooters. The future regulations for the use of scooters and bikes in Valencia are still in the preliminary phase and may include all kinds of modifications. The first step will be the opening of a period of allegations. Should bicycles circulate in the cycle lane in a compulsory way? No. According to the draft of the future Mobility Ordinance of Valencia, urban cyclists are not obliged to circulate on the bike lanes. However, they can not do it on the sidewalks. Can the bikes circulate on the road in Valencia? Bicycles can circulate on the road, since they are not obliged to use the bike lanes authorized by the city of Valencia. Can bicycles go on sidewalks? No. The draft of the new regulations will not allow urban bikes to invade the main space of pedestrians (sidewalks). Why streets and in what sense can bicycles circulate? The bikes will be able to travel in both directions through Valencia's cycle lanes and also in the opposite direction to the traffic in the streets of a single direction. However, the draft adds as a novelty that the priority will be for the vehicle that circulates in the signalized direction of the march and not for the bicycle. Can bikes skip traffic lights? Yes, but not all or in any situation. According to your draft (the allegations phase must still pass and you can make changes), the ordinance will allow the bicycles to skip the red lights to turn right or access pedestrian streets or bike lanes. But always "respecting the priority of the rest of the users", it includes the "preliminary draft" of the ordinance. Section B-4 of the future regulations, according to Álex Serrano, also points out that if there is a pedestrian crossing at the traffic light, the pedestrian priority must be respected. Why part of the road can bicycles go to Valencia?
The draft ordinance states that "preferably" will have to roll through the center of the roadway. When traveling on the road, «the bicycles will preferably use the right lane. If there are lanes reserved for other vehicles, the bicycles will circulate in the lane adjacent to the reserved one »; that is, not by the taxi-bus lane. Where can the bicycles be overtaken? The bikes will be able to circulate in the other lanes when they go to change of circulation «or when they need it. They will be able to overtake and overtake other vehicles on the right or on the left, depending on what is most convenient for their safety. " Can bicycles cross through pedestrian crossings? The ordinance will allow the bikes to cross the zebra crossings without the cyclists having to get off the vehicle as before and as marked by the general circulation code of the DGT. Therefore, "pedestrian crossings" become Valencia in "pedestrian crossings ... and bicycles". «At road crossings where there are no specific steps for bicycles, people on bicycles may use crosswalks, adapting their speed to the pedestrian, taking care not to endanger them and maintaining a minimum separation distance with He of 1 meter. In this case, the bicycles will have priority of passage over the motor vehicles although they must yield in any case the passage to the pedestrians », indicates the article 33 of the draft Can bikes carry more than one person or transport animals? The text, unlike the 2010 ordinance (which left a gap), opens the door for bicycles to transport cargo, people or pets. They will be able to transport a minor of up to seven years "in an additional seat that will have to be homologated". It will be necessary to wait for the definitive text to know if it specifies on the use of trailers and if these can take children, animals or loads. Can the bikes go through the BUS lane? In articles 33 and 34 of the draft it is indicated that the bicycles may circulate on the right of the bus lanes with widening. In these cases, as reported by the opposition, there may be danger of running over a citizen who wants to get on a bus.