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Lorca became the first city in the region in having a Bike Unit Municipal Emergency Service (25/08/2009)

The city of Lorca today has become the first municipality in the Autonomous Region in having a Bike Unit Municipal Emergency Service, which will support the prevention of any impact on the public highway, and cooperation will aim with other emergency services, police and social attention to groups at risk of exclusion and information and advice to residents and visitors.

According to the Urban Mobility Edil and Emergency, Belén Pérez has reported that "since last March we introduced this new service as a new instrument of labor, the unit had a total of 10 people (1 coordinator and 9 members) and two Bicycle Lorcabiciudad collaborating with the Association and establishing the future course of action of this service, having served on the street preventive and support sports, cultural and festive. "

Belen Perez also has been reported that "will become operational from September and the area of operation of this unit is the historical center Ciclista de Lorca, Log, Plaza Calderon, Plaza de Colon, Avenida Juan Carlos I, Malls, Gateway Manterola and Garden of the Wheel, the bicycle has been adapted to meet the needs (thermal blanket, signaling equipment, first aid and CPR equipment. "

The Councillor also commented that "it is an objective of the government team's Party, promote cycling as a means of transport, this unit work in maintaining public safety and in-service testing we have found a warm acceptance citizenship by highlighting the magnificent reception from Lorcabiciudad, with which we maintain a close relationship as a service organization and preparation is concerned "

Finally Belen Perez has been reported that "the importance of this service is evident when we consider that we are the only municipality in the Region of Murcia and have the same benefit to citizens in proximity, prevention of incidents, use of bike, no environmental impact, fast and safe pedestrian movement to and example of our society's commitment to reducing CO2 emissions. "

CYCLING UNIT OF MUNICIPAL EMERGENCY SERVICE

From City of Lorca opted for the use of bicycles, and the strong support that the use of it takes place under the best conditions of security.

Understanding also believe that we push from the city administration to use the bicycle, introducing its use in the services of the Department of Safety and Emergency.

Background:

Since last March, to celebrate Easter, we have introduced the bicycle as a new working tool, through the Municipal Emergency Service.

During the months of April, May and June this pilot project developed in collaboration with the association Lorcabiciudad, establishing the future course of action of this new service.

Having served in this period preventive services in public, support sports, cultural and festive.

Current Context:

Lorca is currently undergoing a profound change in regard to its urban fabric, its road structure and expansion of green areas, through a number of important public works, which will give priority to pedestrians and bicycle daily traffic.

In this sense, from the Department of Safety and Emergency, we have an obligation to support and care through non-intrusive, citizens who use public spaces in our city.

Actions to be undertaken:

From September this new service will be established on a permanent basis, being present in different areas of our city as pedestrian streets and green areas.

This unit consists of eight cycling members of the Municipal Emergency Services, which partners will cover the needs that arise.

Having four bicycles adapted to these missions.

This new unit will give special attention in the month of September at various festive events that traditionally take place in our city.

Missions:

The primary mission of this new unit is to prevent any impact on the public highway, and pay close attention to the citizen.

Also develop the following:

First responders with the basic tools that can be transported on bicycles.

Cooperation with other emergency services, police, and social, for the prevention of critical situations in public.

Attention will be given to groups at risk of exclusion, ensuring in particular the elderly, women and children.

Working with municipal maintenance services to maintain at all times the quality of the elements of the street.

Support for various municipal services in the enforcement of compliance with various ordinances.

Information and advice to residents and visitors.

Areas of activity:

The scope of this unit is basically the center of Lorca, in addition to covering the rest of the municipality in connection with sporting events, festivals and cultural.

Focusing on the following areas of the city:

Historic Centre of Lorca

Loch Street

Plaza Calderon

Plaza de Colón

Avenida Juan Carlos I

Malls

Pasarela Manterola

Huerto de la Rueda

Equipment:

Bicycles have been adapted to meet the needs of emergency service that operates permanently in public.

Social impact:

During the cycling unit tests we have found a warm acceptance by the public, and there have been numerous services of all kinds.

In this regard include the magnificent reception received by the association Lorcabiciudad, with which we maintain a close relationship as a service organization and preparation is concerned, it serves as an example posted on the website of the Association.

Conclusions:

The significance of this new service is clear, if we consider that we are the only municipality in the Region of Murcia in having it, and one of the few in Spain.

Providing the following benefits:

Closer to citizens and their needs

Incident Prevention

Support cycling

Zero environmental impact

Fast and safe for pedestrian movement

Example of the commitment of our society to reducing CO2 emissions.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Lorca

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