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foto bus proximo ferryThe Formentera Department of Mobility reports that as of 1 August, users of the Próximo Ferry web and mobile apps (https://proximoferry.com) have been able to access timetables for public transport on Formentera.

A click on the Eivissa>Formentera section leads visitors to up-to-date details about buses connecting passengers on ferries between the two Pine Islands.

Mobility chief Rafael González described the goal as “keeping islanders and tourists in the loop about public transport options and promoting their use”. The app is known and used by a large number of people, said González, helping guarantee that info on public transport reaches the widest possible audience.

8 August 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

On average day in July, vehicles on Formentera roads number 18,322

The Formentera Department of Mobility reports that this July, as local government reactivated its scheme to keep track of how many vehicles are brought and driven on the island, the programme logged on average 18,322 vehicles with accreditation on any given day. The figure marks a six per cent drop compared to 2019, when the average daily total was 19,532.

Describing summer 2020 as “atypical” —the current holiday season began at the end of June— mobility conseller Rafael González welcomed the news. He pointed out the island was still shy of its established summer limit and remained on track to reach sustainability objectives. “When the public health crisis first erupted we made projections for the months ahead, and we’re surpassing those initial projections”, the conseller said.

“To date there have been no incidents nor corrections to speak of”, he affirmed before applauding the collaboration of ferry companies and rent-a-car firms.

Figures from month one of regulation:

Visiting motorists / compact cars 1,891
Visiting motorists / motor-scooters 195

Eivissa residents / compact cars 199
Eivissa residents / motor-scooters 20

Rented compact cars 2,481
Rented motor-scooters 6,720

Formentera resident vehicles: 5,723
Other vehicles: 1,093

Total: 18,322

In 2020 the total number of permits under formentera.eco is capped at 21,487—four per cent fewer than last year, when the ceiling was set at 22,382.

González highlighted the “calculated and gradual” course charted earlier in the term to cut total vehicles by 16% in four years, or 4% fewer cars every year. “Our end-game hasn’t changed in that respect”, confided González, “we don’t want the public health crisis to jeopardise the model of sustainability that we’ve worked years to get to”.

Full rebates
Fees associated with formentera.eco are being waived this summer in an effort to offset this year’s unusual circumstances, meaning motorists pay nothing to drive on the island. Drivers without accreditation can get it at www.formentera.eco.

Controlling vehicle plate numbers
Accreditation will continue to be verified by a reader that scans number plates as cars enter and exit the island in La Savina. Individuals without the necessary accreditation will face fines of between €1,000 and €10,000.

6 August 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell de Formentera creates free parking spaces on Es Pujols ring road

foto 2020 parquing dissuassiuThe Formentera Department of mobility and Department of Island Services have unveiled free streetside parking spots along the Es Pujols ring road as a short-term fix pending creation of cost-free  overflow parking. Construction of the new overflow lot is currently underway on several public parcels recently handed over to the Consell de Formentera.

The temporary parking spaces have been marked to advise motorists they can be used at no cost and without a pass. Parking metres have likewise been deactivated in the area.

In Es Pujols, hours of enforcement for blue zone metred parking have been shortened from 10.00am-midnight to 9.00am-9.00pm. Motorists can park there at night at no cost.

17 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Within town limits, speed limit on Avinguda de la Mola goes from 40 to 30km/hour

The Formentera Department of Mobility reports that from next week, as part of the island’s Sustainable Mobility Strategy adopted last year, the speed limit in the centre of town along Avinguda de la Mola will be lowered ten kilometres per hour (km/h) to thirty km/h.

Tracing the change to a call from the El Pilar Residents’ Association, which had advocated “a significant reduction of the vehicle speed limit” on the town’s main arterial, mobility conseller Rafael González confided that the measure was already envisioned in the Mobility Strategy. He additionally indicated that the more restrictive limit would be accompanied by randomised speed traps set up by Formentera Local Police and enforced by means of a mobile radar unit.

“Our hope is that we’ll see drivers hitting the brakes substantially”, said González, who noted that traffic on the road typically spikes on market days.


30 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera presses public transport concessionaire to activate summer routes

The Formentera Department of Mobility highlights current mobility demands as the motive behind its appeal to the island’s public transport contractor, Autocares Paya S.L., to start operating summer lines from Friday 17 July.

Local government asked the transport company to assure the same routes and timetables as those active in May and October 2019. The department announced that weekly updates from the firm on usage data would be used in once a week stock-takings regarding whether service increases were in order.

The department additionally indicated that, per the terms of the concession contract which was accepted by the firm, extended until 21 December 2020 and still valid today, failure to produce the reports would open the door to fines for the company.

Unfolding covid-19 crisis
A scaling back of the service had previously taken place against a backdrop of emergency orders in response to the covid-19 crisis, sagging ridership and the vicissitudes of public health. With the 21 June lifting of the state of exception and the conclusion of phase 3 of the “Plan for Transition towards the New Normality” (Pla per a la Transició cap a una Nova Normalitat), the Consell de Formentera believes that standard service should be progressively reinstated. Today, buses service a route combining lines L1 and L2.

In the words of mobility conseller Rafael González, “immediate improvements of the public transport service are crucial to meeting the mobility needs of islanders and tourists”.

15 July 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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