València, Sep 22 (EFE).- The mayor of Valencia, Joan Ribó, and the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, demanded a “solution” from the state for the problems of the Cercanías trains and to complete the corridor Mediterranean that connects the two Mediterranean cities because, they said, if they are not fixed “there is no possible public transport”.
This was highlighted by Ribó and Colau during their participation in a debate on the main future challenges of these two cities organized by elDiario.es on the occasion of its tenth anniversary, in which they agreed on the need to build cities for “the people”, where mobility is democratized and there are more green spaces.
Both advocated for sustainable transport and for people to use public transport more, whether on foot or by bicycle, but for that, Ribó said, we must “ask the state to fix the neighborhoods because otherwise it there is no public transport possible”.
Colau also spoke out in favor of a “strong” reduction in the private vehicle, since the majority of cars circulating in Barcelona come from outside, while stressing that “they have not done their homework with Cercanías ” no more.
He reproached him that to make the trip from Barcelona to Valencia, which is 350 kilometers long, it took three and a half hours, while it takes less than three hours to cover the 600 kilometers that separate Barcelona from Madrid.
“This insane radial centralism must stop now and the Mediterranean corridor must be finished,” said Colau, who lamented that “they don’t solve Cercanías or the corridor, which are essential to reduce emissions, and come to propose the extension From the airport. This dates back to the last century.”
He also criticized that the proposed expansion of the airport would destroy a natural passage area for birds on the migratory route. “They say it’s an extension of the green and emission-free airport, don’t treat me like a fool.”
Ribó recalled that the Consell Metropolitá de l’Horta, which managed the metropolitan area, was dissolved by the PP, and without this metropolitan mobility project, people who go to their businesses outside the municipal area do so in car and by themselves and, regarding the northern extension of the port of Valencia, insisted on the need for a new environmental impact study
CITIES FOR PEOPLE
According to Colau, cities “can have a lot of things but if there are no people, they are dystopian scenarios”, and he considers that they must be designed so that people “live in them as well as possible and in recent decades, which has been lost and car traffic has occupied most of the space”.
“What is surely not feasible is that cities are made of cement, polluting, noisy, unsanitary, where it is increasingly difficult to imagine that children can grow up healthy and happy, play on the streets and thrive as health free people”. Colau said.
He considers it a “spatial injustice” that in Barcelona 25% of trips are made by car but that they occupy 65% of public space, and insists that people must “be the protagonists of the space public” and that “it happens to recover a lot of green so that they are not unbreathable”.
For his part, Ribó recalled that since the beginning of his term as head of the city council, ensuring sustainable mobility was a “fundamental issue” and stressed the importance of putting health at the center of “our reflections and our actions “. .
“The issue of climate change is already believed by the cousin of Mr. Rajoy, everyone believes in it and it is something that must be answered” and, for this reason, they proposed that Valencia be one of the hundred climate-neutral cities in 2030. “We are more vulnerable than we thought and we must work for greater resilience of cities to climate change.”
The two mayors also agreed on the need to promote renewable energies. Colau pointed out that energy advice points have been created in Barcelona and since its launch in 2015, some 100,000 inhabitants have been served and more than 60,000 supply cuts have been avoided, advising and helping to negotiate with companies .
In addition, renewable energies have been promoted with solar panels in public buildings and by subsidizing individuals, and a public distributor has been created, “Barcelona energy”, which buys 100% green energy and distributes it, and all public lighting is renewable. “It works better than the existing oligopoly right now.”
According to Ribó, we need to move from electricity consumption based on petroleum sources to renewable energy consumption. “We are not committed to reducing taxes for the rich, let’s be clear, we are committed to reducing the IBI for people who introduce photovoltaic panels in their buildings because it reduces the electricity bill and helps reduce the impact greenhouse gases”.