VALENCIA, 22 September (EFE).- Valencia mayor Joan Ribo and Barcelona mayor Ada Colau have demanded a “solution” from the state to the problem of Cercanius trains and to complete the Mediterranean corridor that connects the two Mediterranean cities because, they say, if they “No possible public transport” is not fixed.
This was indicated by Ribo and Colau during the participation in a debate on the main future challenges of these two cities organized by elDiario.es for the tenth anniversary, where they agreed on the need to build cities for “people”, where mobility is democratic and there are more green areas.
Both are in favor of sustainable transport and advise people to use public transport more, to walk or cycle, but for that, says Ribo, we must “ask the state to fix the neighborhoods because otherwise, there is no possible public transport”.
Cola was also in favor of “drastically” reducing private vehicles, since most of the cars driving in Barcelona come from outside, noting that “they haven’t even done their homework with the Cercanías”.
He criticized that it took three and a half hours to travel from Barcelona to Valencia, which is 350 km, while the 600 km that separates Barcelona from Madrid takes less than three hours.
“That senseless radial centralization must end now and the Mediterranean Corridor”, said Kellau, who lamented that “they do not solve Cercanías or corridors, which are essential to reduce emissions, and come to propose expansion from the airport. . It of the last century.”
He also criticized that the proposed expansion of the airport would destroy a natural transit area for birds on migratory routes. “They say it’s an expansion of the green airport and without emissions, don’t treat me like a fool”.
Ribo recalls that the Conseil Metropolitana de L’Horta, which governs the metropolitan area, was abolished by the PP, and without this metropolitan mobility project, those who travel to their company outside the municipal area are in their cars and on their own, and, the northern extension of the port of Valencia. Related, emphasized the need for a new environmental impact study
City for people
According to Colau, cities “can have many things but if there are no people, they are dystopian scenarios” and he considers that they must be designed in such a way that people “can live in it as well as possible and that which has been lost in recent decades. And Car circulation has occupied most of the space”.
“What is certainly not possible are cities made of cement, polluting, noisy, unhealthy, where it is increasingly difficult to imagine that children can be as healthy and happy as possible, play in the streets and develop as free people in terms of health,” Colau affirms. did
He considers it a “spatial injustice” that 25% of trips in Barcelona are made by car, but they occupy 65% of public space, and insists that people must be “heroes of public space” and that it “happens to restore” a lot of green so that They can’t breathe.”
For his part, Ribo recalled that from the beginning of his tenure as head of the City Council, ensuring that sustainable mobility was a “fundamental issue” and highlighted the importance of putting health at the center of “our reflection and action”. .
“The issue of climate change is already believed by Mr. Rajoy’s cousin, everyone believes it and it is something that must be answered” and for this reason, they propose that Valencia be one of the climate-neutral cities in 2030. “We need to work to make cities more resilient to climate change and more vulnerable than we thought.”
Both mayors agreed on the need to promote renewable energy. Colau noted that the energy consultation point has been created in Barcelona and since its launch in 2015, has served around 100,000 residents and avoided more than 60,000 supply cuts, giving advice and helping to negotiate with companies.
In addition, renewables have been promoted by subsidizing solar panels and individuals in public buildings and creating a public marketer, “Barcelona Energy”, which buys and distributes 100% green energy and all public lighting is renewable. “It works better than the oligopoly that exists now.”
According to Ribo, we need to move from electricity consumption based on oil sources to renewable energy consumption. “We are not dedicated to reducing taxes on the rich, let’s be clear, we are dedicated to reducing the IBI for those people who install photovoltaic panels in their buildings because it reduces electricity bills and contributes to reducing the impact of greenhouse gases” .