Sharing your car, using public transport and non-polluting fuels, riding a bike… These small gestures can help protect the environment and improve your quality of life considerably.
The best way to move around in Málaga is leaving your car parked and enjoy the city in a relaxed mode. Most of the historic district is a pedestrian area; however, if your walking tours get too long or you get tired, you can take a city bus. There are forty-two lines available; three of them correspond to night buses, three cover circular routes, and two take you on sightseeing tours. More than half of the buses operated by Empresa Malagueña de Transportes (EMT) drive on biodiesel.
“Green fuels” are also used in a means of transport taking passengers back in time –a classic among nostalgic or romantic travellers–: horse-driven carriages. They can take you to the most typical corners of the Costa del Sol’s capital city at a trot.
Segway Personal Transporters and taxi bikes are new, fun, and non-polluting means of transport. There are companies offering tours using these smart inventions; they can even plan tailor-made itineraries to suit customers’ needs.
If you wish to move around on your own, you can rent a city bike. Bicycles are offered by private companies and town halls, and they are popular with visitors and local residents alike.
Getting around the province while having a good time without those harmful fumes... What a good idea!
The rising environmental awareness among Málaga’s institutions and citizens has resulted in public transport improvements and in action towards more environment-friendly cities.
Proof of this are the pedestrianised areas in towns, especially the historic districts in all municipalities.
Growing demand for bicycles from travellers coming from countries where bikes are part of everyday life and from eco-responsible local citizens. Bicycles are already being provided by some town authorities.
The new General Plan for Urban Planning (PGOU) launched by the Málaga Town Council includes 40km bike lanes in four years. The lanes will run along the coastline and in the university area. The campus of the University of Málaga is the first in Andalusia to have a free public bike system to be used by students and staff.
Vélez-Málaga-to-Torre del Mar tramway: The first city rail in Andalusia.
The Málaga underground is a big project under way. Construction work sponsored by Andalusia and Málaga’s governments is being carried out for lines 1 and 2. 90% of the route will run underground to reduce visual impact.
Unlike in other European countries, bicycles are still rare in Spain. This has to do with the fact that most roads are not prepared for cyclists.
At present, Málaga has 7.5km of lanes for bike users.
The province features a 6km bike lane from Vélez-Málaga to Torre del Mar; a 1.5km lane along the Sea Promenade in Fuengirola; 2km lanes in Alhaurín de la Torre, connecting the Fuensanguínea and Pinos de Alhaurín estates with the town centre; and a 500m lane in Coín (Los Montecillos area), on the road to Mijas. Municipalities such as Benalmádena, Marbella and Antequera are about to feature their first bike lanes too.
The Málaga City Council has launched SmartBike, a public bicycle rental service. To use SmartBike, you need to register at the Customer Service Centre of the Municipal Transport Company (Alameda Principal, 15). The registration fee is €1. The first hour of bicycle use is free of charge.
Bicycles can be rented from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on working days and from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays and public holidays. There are two pick-up points: Plaza de la Marina and Plaza de Jesús el Rico, by the Alcazabilla car park.
Three new public bicycle systems have been launched recently. 370 bikes are available in the Campus at Teatinos, Andalucía Technology Park in Málaga, Antequera (7 hire locations and 70 bicycles) and another one will be available in Vélez-Málaga soon.
Using shared passenger transportation services is one of the ways to reduce gas emissions.
Empresa Malagueña de Transportes (EMT), the company regulating urban transport in Málaga City, endorses EU Council Regulation 761/01 on Eco-Management and Audit Scheme. The company’s commitment to environment protection has resulted in more modern vehicles using less fuel or non-polluting fuel, like biodiesel or natural gas.
Currently, 100% of EMT vehicles use biodiesel or comply with the Euro 5 particle number emission limit. In addition, EMT has four compressed natural gas buses, which show reduced particle emission, and is testing new hybrid buses.
In addition, EMT holds ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications (occupational health and safety management). The company has also received the 7th Andalusian Excellence Award to Big Companies.
Modern or past-time vehicles, the following are some non-polluting means of transport to move around in Málaga.
Horse-driven carriages: They can take you on relaxed, unhurried forty-five-minute drives around Málaga’s historic district, visiting landmarks such as the Bullring, Paseo de Reding, the Sea Promenade, or Plaza de la Merced.
TRIXIs or taxi bikes: They are tricycles powered by a small electric engine to get started or climbing uphill. Provided by Tricosol, they can take you to the main city SIGHTS. They ride every day, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. TRIXIs can be hired for groups, special events, or promotional activities.
For more info, please call (+34) 657 440 605.
Segway Personal Transporters: The Segway PT is a two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle. It has a little platform on which the driver stands. Users lean forward to go forward, lean back to go backward, and turn by using a handlebar, leaning it left or right. Segway PTs are driven by electric motors at up to 20 km/h.
For more info, please contact Segway Málaga Tours. Tel: (+34) 630 152 978. www.segwaymalagatours.com.
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