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Given the repeated “balloons” from the Traffic Department, referring to the possibility of imposing a helmet law in town, the need to pass a test prior to using the bicycle, the establishment of a compulsory insurance of a license plate for bikes, and any restriction on the movement of certain bicycle paths, ConBici, cyclists organizations coordinating groups almost 60 of them in the country, with thousands of members, wish to state the following:
First: The procedure followed by the DGT to publicize their claims demonstrates lack of good faith towards the organizations representing social interests, given that previous meetings have been held with them without being given the news announced later. However, it was decided to go to the media for this purpose. This attitude is a contempt for the people involved and a way to create confusion among the public. It seems that the aim is indeed to present the bike and the people who use it as a problem to solve, the problem arises when motor traffic. They are using the media to spread false ideas as a way to justify unjust actions.
Second: The DGT is presenting the new rules as traffic protection cycle when knowing what is going to be exactly in the opposite line: corner the bike traffic road to protect the dictatorship exercised by private motor vehicles, to the detriment health, quality of life of citizens and the safety of people.
Third: It is unacceptable that intends to take action based on anything. There are no data to support the need for any restrictions of being hablando.Ninguno of bicycle traffic problems are caused by the same: no significant levels of people hit by bicycles, or serious accidents caused by them , nor about head injuries or Unattended liability cases … demand that any action taken is supported by objective data to justify it. If none exist, consider the measure and spurious ideological bias or interest. In a democratic society, it is inconceivable that the introduction of rules without prior motivate the adequacy of the measures it intends to take.
Fourth: The measures announced would present a severe blow to the nascent cycling industry, which has immense potential, turning to Spain in a real ghetto for cycling across Europe. They are absurd and irrelevant:
Can you imagine seriously as would implement some of the measures? Will establish controls at airports and borders to control the flow of foreign cyclists, which would in illegality just inside our territory?
Fifth: All our neighboring countries have realized the need to encourage the widest possible use of the bicycle, for economic, public health, environmental and quality of life in cities. So, are adopting fiscal measures, infrastructure, and facilitate the daily use of the bicycle, giving preferential consideration vehicle.
The Spanish State can not become the exception to the European level, imposing barriers to cycling exist in surrounding countries. In this regard, our organizations homonyms in Europe we have already expressed great concern, discomfort and unconditional support to the possibility that the measures referred to could be completed.
Therefore, we demand the DGT seriousness and respect for the community cyclist and make public the draft reform of the regulation of movement which, as befits a democratic state subject it to debate social organizations, and above However, to eliminate any reference to the text with those amendments. Our opposition, from the conviction of the inadequacy, unmotivated and erroneous proposals, will be permanent and absolute until its final disposal.
If you are thirsty for more Camino de Santiago, once you arrive in Santiago de Compostela you can decide wether to continue walking!
There is an extension of the camino that goes to Finisterre, meaning “The end of the world”. For many centuries, people thought that Finisterre was the end of the world because it was the farthest piece of land where people could walk. The walk takes around 3 to 4 days, and once you get there, you will be fascinated by the beautyness of the “Costa da morte”. This area is called Costa da Morte, that means “Coast of the death” because is a very dangerous area with strong wings, waves and a rockye landscape that causes the death of many fishermen on the area. When arriving in fisterra you will get another certificate “la fisterra” that certifies that you have made it till the end of the world.
But there is also another possible final destination, and this is Muxia. You can walk from finisterre to Muxia and enjoy the beautiness of the “Costa da Morte” or walk straight from Santiago to Muxia. Muxia, has the magnificent “Santuario de a barca” located right on the coast, is a beautiful sanctuary where, according to the legend, the boat where the body of the apostle Santiago was, arrived.
Linked from: http://creativetravelvancouver.wordpress.com/tag/a-costa-da-morte/
Camino Guide Android APP for smartphones was uploaded a few days ago on GooglePlay with a great users rating. This new APP was developed by the spanish company TNRCode subsidiary of Tournride and One Foot Abroad Ltd, an Irish travel agency.
Un centenar de personas con discapacidad física, intelectual y sensorial harán el 7 de octubre de 2011, parte del Camino de Santiago en bicicletas adaptadas a sus necesidades. La actividad se desarrollará por octavo año consecutivo, gracias a la Fundación También, al compromiso y la labor de los voluntarios de Solidarios Orange, el apoyo de Xacobeo Galicia, así como la Fundación Repsol, que patrocina el programa de ciclismo adaptado de Fundación También. Según los organizadores, los peregrinos comenzarán su primera etapa este sábado, día 8, que discurrirá entre Fontenlas a Salceda. Tras reponer fuerzas continuarán otros nueve kilómetros desde Ceadoiro hasta Amenal. Ya el domingo 9, saldrán desde Villamayor hacia el simbólico Monte do Gozo, desde donde partirán a la Catedral de Santiago, lugar en el que les recibirá el consejero de Cultura y Turismo de la Xunta de Galicia, Roberto Varela.
Tournride proveerá, por segundo año consecutivo casi 30 bicicletas para que ninguno de los participantes se quede sin cumplir su sueño de entrar en la Plaza del Obradoiro y completar el objetivo de abrazar al Apóstol Santiago.