100 kilometres off the coast of West-Africa in the Canary Islands is Fuerteventura, a UNESCO “Biosphere Reserve” and a Quality Coast award winner since 1999. The island attracts 1.65 million visitors a year presenting a challenge as the local partners must work to protect the natural environment and accommodate the tourism that sustains the economy and 87,000 permanent residents of the island. 

Rental cars are a popular way of traveling the island, but the STARTER partners in Fuerteventura – Consulting Formaplan SL and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Fuerteventura – are working to promote other options, such as the extensive and underutilized cycling network. The Local Travel Plan Network (LTPN) that has been created in Fuerteventura will focus on both hard and soft measures to promote sustainable transportation. Goals include increasing bus usage among visitors and residents by 5 percent by 2014 and increasing mode share for cycling by 10 percent. Specific measures to be implemented may include developing bus connections between resorts and the airport, increasing bus and taxi service in port towns that are popular stops for cruise ships, making more electric and conventional bikes available for rental and creating monitoring tools for evaluating the measures implemented, among many other ideas. 

To read the entire Local Travel Plan for Fuerteventura, click here.

More information on the island of Fuerteventura can be found on gestion.cabildofuer.es and on visitfuerteventura.es.


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