New Loulé walkway opens

in News, Algarve · 14-05-2021 01:00:00 · 6 Comments

The first stage of the Loulé coastal walkways has been opened by João Matos Fernandes, Minister of Environment and Climate Action.

The minister opened the new walkway, which has been designed as a means of encouraging environmental awareness in the Ria Formosa Natural Park, along a route between Quinta do Lago (Ludo) and Praia do Garrão which covers 4.85 kilometres and includes six resting spots.

The second phase of the project will see the city of Quarteira being connected to the route, increasing the walkway to 7.8 kilometres.

“Our aim is to be able to come on foot or by bicycle from the Vilamoura Marina to the outer perimeter of Faro Airport. This is our dream and we will definitely make it come true! ”, said the Mayor of Loulé, Vítor Aleixo.

Representing an investment of €3,733,000 this contract also allows for the creation of a car park in Ancão, with 427 spaces and an additional 16 for people with reduced mobility, as well as four areas for motorcycles.

For the Minister of the Environment, the amount invested here constitutes “a significant portion of the even more expressive investment that is being made on the coast by this Government, which is €120 million”.

The Minister responsible for the Environment portfolio concluded by reinforcing the importance of “sharing responsibilities between the central State (ICNF - Nature and Forest Conservation Institute) and municipalities”.

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You have ruined a beautiful natural reserve which has been enjoyed by everyone for years. This is not progress, people with horses have no access now. It’s dangerous for the elderly (me) and all pedestrians to compete with cyclists and motorbikes. Also no room for dogs to avoid other dogs.
I found it stressful and missed the natural habitat which is the whole point of a walk. This is one persons vision! Should it not have been put to the people who live and use the area Before destroying this beautiful area.
Put the money where it’s needed.

By D. Tubb from Algarve on 18-05-2021 10:11

Yes, and it has killed off access and options for equestrians for ever.
The plan was probably conceived by someone who likes cyclists!

By Beverley Gibbons from Algarve on 15-05-2021 09:26

How can it be walkway if you allowing cycling on not a good way to spend tax payers money.. !! wood requires so much maintenance...

By Susan Piggott from Alentejo on 14-05-2021 06:56

The “walkway” has not been thought out very well as,
1. The walkway will be in constant repair as nails keep coming up. Some of the boards have already been replaced twice due to wear & tear!!
2. Cyclist and pedestrians using this walkway is going to be a problem. Mainly as some cyclist have been quite aggressive when using it. In fact I witnesses a near crash between a pedestrian and cyclist a few times now.
But, I am sure someone is making and will continue to make lots of money on this development!

By Natalie wilmot from Algarve on 14-05-2021 08:18

I have been almost mowed down on 2 occasions by groups of cyclists travelling at very high speed who do not seen to have any way of alerts other users that they are approaching from behind. Last week I witnessed a near accident involving a young women with a baby buggy and a small dog. Last week there was a motorbike from the care park to 2 Passos but there’s no sign to restrict them and no common sense used. There should be speed restrictions and a line to separate the lanes cyclists should not be allowed to ride 3 abreast. If some controls are not put in place there will be accidents

By Catherine Tucker from Algarve on 14-05-2021 07:57

A nice walkway for pedestrians and easy riding for bikers, hope the conflict is not programmed. Looking how the work was done, is rather disappointing. Damaging is on the way already, done from bikers as I saw it and from poor work, maybe even wrong wood. Let's see it after the season, how much have to be fixed again.

By Fiddy Zollinger from Algarve on 14-05-2021 07:38
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