The Community of Madrid presents the new Valdebebas Green Route
As from today the Community of Madrid possesses a new Green Route with which to be able to discover, either on foot or by bicycle, the Valdebebas or Felipe VI Woodland Park, taking as the starting point either Álvarez de Villaamil Light Metro Station on Line ML1, or else Valdebebas Suburban Rail (Cercanías) Station, on Line C-1.
These two stations may be taken either as the starting or finishing point of the route, as it runs in a circular direction. The aim of this initiative is to promote the use of public transport as a link with different green areas in the region and to foment sustainable urban mobility.
The Regional Secretary of Transport, Housing and Infrastructure, Pedro Rollán, presented the new route this morning, covering part of it himself by bicycle, and he pointed out that “the creation of new green routes is one of the measures that the Community of Madrid is implementing to foment and develop the combined use of the bicycle and public transport in the region, besides promoting its use as a healthy, environment-friendly and efficient mode complementary to public transport”.
Under the name of “Valdebebas Green Route” the Madrid Regional Transport Consortium proposes crossing this area, which runs by way of such different points of interest as Felipe VI Park, Real Madrid Sports City or the nearby Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport Terminal T4.
The route extends along clearly signposted earth tracks and paths inside Felipe VI Park and is excellent for walking, running or mountain-bike riding. This park is a space noteworthy for its extensive area of some 470 hectares, almost triple the size of the Retiro. Its ground plan as viewed from the air is similar to that of a great tree. Some of its most attractive features are the wooden lookout tower, the theme areas, or the terraced part, with a series of landscaped platforms in the form of a waterfall.
Information on the 15 routes designed to date may be found at the Metro or Suburban Rail (Cercanías) stations where they start out from. There, the user may obtain information on the features of the itinerary; the length of the route, degree of difficulty and its profile, broken down into walking, adventure or sporting levels, so that individual users may decide which they consider of greatest interest to complete or which best suits their state of physical fitness.
Information on the green routes may also be found at the Community of Madrid (www.madrid.org), Consortium (www.crtm.es) and Metro Madrid (www.metromadrid.es) websites and via the CRTM App Mi Transporte. With this new itinerary presented today, the routes available and signposted now number fifteen: Metrosur, Ciudad Universitaria, Casa de Campo, Madrid Río, Monte de Boadilla, Parque Juan Carlos I, Vía Verde del Tajuña, Parque Regional del Sureste, Anillo Verde Ciclista, Monte del Pilar de Majadahonda, las Presillas and Valdelatas, Adolfo Suárez – Casa de Campo Woodland Park, Arroyo Meaques and today’s, Valdebebas.
COMBINED USE OF THE BICYCLE AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT
This initiative with which the Regional Government wishes to foment the combined use of bicycles and public transport, one of the electoral undertakings given by Cristina Cifuentes, joins such other proposals as the installation of bicycle parking racks at public transport stations and those presented by the President at Colonia Jardín and Puerta del Sur Stations; the elaboration of a network of bicycle itineraries; integration into the Public Transport Card of the different public bicycle loan systems in operation in the Community of Madrid; fomenting of access on public transport by cyclists to Ciclamadrid and the legislative change required to assist the integration of the bicycle on board the network of public transport vehicles.