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crazy bike lane in old townThe new controversial bike lane on Avd Jaime I in the Old Town is dividing opinion among neighbours, businesses and users. The bright red lane, which has only just been completed, runs down the middle of the road – even going straight through a newly constructed roundabout. The road leads up from the  Poniente beach - and an extension of the bike lane is proposed to continue to the main train station.

roundabout with bike lane going through middleBut Councillor for Transport, Jose Ramon Gonzalez de Zarate claims that the centre of the street is the safest place for cyclists… except when they have to cut across cars, buses and lorries to turn I should think!


bike lane La calaA similar lane, running down the middle of the street is already in use in La Cala, bringing the towns bike lane total to 30 kilometres - and by Easter a further five will be in place. A €300,000 budget has also been granted by the Alicante Regional Government for the construction of a bike lane to link Albir with Benidorm – running from Villamar camping, past the Excalibur Castle and into the centre of Albir. Many residents and holidaymakers use bikes as a mode of transport and so the council is addressing this growing sector.


Both Benidorm and Albir actively promote the area for sports holidays – and the roads are often overrun with groups of lycra clad cyclists training from other countries. In September Benidorm will even host the penultimate stage of the Vuelta cycle race – a real honour. But whether placing bike lanes down the middle of the street is the safe and sensible option only time will tell.


bike lane layout in AlteaNearby Altea already has an unusual bike lane running along the promenade - which weaves in and out of restaurant terraces. But after many complaints by the owners to the Council they are gradually being re-routed. Wonder if the same will happen in Benidorm months down the line?

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-1 #9 Sheona McCutcheon 2016-01-23 11:08
I haven't done the roundabout cut across, but have most of it, it's very disconcerting, but I don't think it's any more dangerous than being sidelined and also risking drivers opening doors in your front wheel. The drivers seem mostly to drive with appropriate caution, as opposed to whizzing past you so close and fast you get buffeted into the ditch. And compared to the ridiculous Billie lane in Altea between restaurants and the paseo wall, and the fact that both Altea and Albir close their beach side bike lanes at 19:00 till 07:00... Just when you need it, especially when it's dusk or dark! They all have their flaws, mostly it's car/lorry/ motorbike drivers not paying attention!
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0 #8 The Cheese 2016-01-22 13:33
i would be interested to know what local cyclists think of it.... everyone elses opinion is really secondary.
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+1 #7 Sharon Nolan 2016-01-21 20:39
Instead of spending more money on cycle lanes, how about building some pavements between Benidorm and Albir?
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0 #6 Joseph Mitchell 2016-01-21 12:53
Bleeding stupid bike lane going through the middle someone will end up dead....
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0 #5 Christine Nash 2016-01-21 12:52
Is this for real ? Will be there myself on 28 this month
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0 #4 Vikki Caton 2016-01-21 12:51
Only in Spain.....
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0 #3 pjRekatssip 2016-01-21 12:49
So the cyclists have right of way,that should be fun,think I'll stick to an engine
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0 #2 Fiona Smith 2016-01-21 12:47
disaster! I'm going down that on my scooter lol
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+2 #1 Andrea Gee 2016-01-21 12:45
Looks like the cyclists have priority. .. as if it's not bad enough having pedestrian crossings right on top of the roundabouts! This will be carnage!
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