About this good practice
Blue Ways deals with three main challenges: to create a network of sustainable local mobility, to improve the accessibility to the industrial, cultural and natural heritage of the territory and to promote the local development through the creation of new tourism products.
From the tourist perspective, Blue Ways go through 59 municipalities from 7 counties for a total population of 400.000 inhabitants. It must be highlighted as a big area of influence since more than 5 million people live at less than half an hour. Besides, the area already counts on an important offer of accommodation that will benefit form this complementary infrastructure. Thus, the project will contribute to the de-concentration of the tourism offer to the hinterlands and to break the seasonality with the creation of new tourism products (i.e. cycling tourism).
With regards to the mobility and accessibility aspects, Blue Ways have been designed to guarantee the accessibility of all kind of users (3m width, slopes up to 6%, near the river but outside the flooding areas and taking advantage of existing paths, if possible). The ways include also viewpoints along the path, rest areas in special sites, the improvement of green areas and inclusive sections near the municipalities to facilitate local leisure for residents. It also considers the connection paths with municipalities along the ways and the connections with public transport.
The total investment will be 53 million euros.
Evidence of success
One of the main innovative aspects of the project is that in Spain this kind of “green ways” have been constructed on former railways. In this case, it is an “ex-novo” investment combining the challenge of promoting local mobility, accessibility to local resources and new tourist offer. For its dimension, it is an unique investment in the South of Europe.
Potential for learning or transfer
This practice could be transfered to other Mediterranean territories located along rivers.
It is expected that Blue Ways will connect with other long-distance routes at European (Eurovelo 8), national and regional level.