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Madrid Bike Hire Scheme Victim of Spanish Government Budget Cuts

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The financial and economical turmoil is Spain is forcing the Spanish government to cut heavily in its spending. These budget cuts come at the expense of plans for increasing the use of bicycles in the countrys Capital Madrid. According to a recent Reuters report

Madrid Bike Hire Scheme Victim of Spanish Government Budget Cuts

MADRID, Spain – The financial and economical turmoil is Spain is forcing the Spanish government to cut heavily in its spending. These budget cuts come at the expense of plans for increasing the use of bicycles in the country’s Capital Madrid.

According to a recent Reuters report published in Spains biggest newspaper El País, the government search for savings will see the congregation of a scheme to install a public rental bikes throughout the city.

The Madrid Municipality planned to install the public rental bike scheme by March next year. It consisted of having a first 1,500 rental bikes available through stations across the city. This plan was adopted in 2009. But as the economic problems in Spain grew it was already once postponed and is now indefinitely postponed. Better said; the whole plan is axed. Also the announced increase in the number of bicycle lanes in the city is for the biggest part stopped.

Spain’s capital is faced with budget cuts up to 1 billion euro. To reach that amount even the mayor’s salary is reduced by 15%.

 

 

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