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A GREENER VALENCIA… ADVISER ‘GIUSEPPE GREZZI'(EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW)

##Representing the Valencia left-wing coalition government, Giuseppe Grezzi said they will continue Valencia’s efforts to extend bike lanes throughout the city that has taken five years to develop..

Bike projects that were halted during the Coronavirus lockdown are now beginning again in Valencia. Their latest effort is the new Cycle Ring, a 2.5 metre wide path for bicycles and scooters in the city’s centre and beyond…

Gezzi said transforming Valencia to an eco-friendly transportation environment helps people move differently without moving cars.

24/7 VALENCIA:What projects are currently happening?

GIUSEPPE GREZZI:Bike projects that were halted during the coronavirus lockdown are now beginning again in Valencia. In March, we were starting to make a pedestrian area in Plaza Ayuntamiento,” said Giuseppe Grezzi, Valencia consejero.

“This 12,000 metre square is a continuation of Valencia’s efforts to extend bike lanes throughout the city that has taken five years to develop. Another square of the same size is also in the works.”

24/7 VALENCIA: Why transform to an eco-friendly transportation network?

GIUSEPPE GREZZI:“Transforming Valencia to an eco-friendly transportation environment helps people move differently without moving cars. We wanted to regain the streets for people of all ages. We’ve witnessed a lot of car accidents in our cities. The cause of these accidents were speeds of over 50 kilometres per hour.”

24/7 VALENCIA How has Valencia’s eco-friendly environment been useful during the pandemic?

GIUSEPPE GREZZI: “Many cities are trying to make more sustainable changes, in the past three to four months, since the pandemic became widespread.
We were already prepared for the pandemic because we started to make these changes five years ago,” said Grezzi.

“We encourage the use of bikes throughout the city, despite citizens wanting to social distance in their cars during the pandemic. Restarting the city with more cars is dangerous for more potential coronavirus cases and pollution.”

“We are campaigning to explain it is safe to travel on public transportation whilst wearing a mask.”

“The city wants to have less cars by 2023, make investments in more buses and a metro system. We have a political will,” said Grezzi. “We have many strategies and we’ll go forward in this transformation because it will be good for the city, for the people, and its economy.”

Interview by Lorena Best
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