The new Greenway Cartagena-Totana, which has promoted the Autonomous Community to strengthen its commitment to greenways as an axis to promote tourism inland and nature in the region, has accounted for more than 8,400 users only in the stretch of the totanero municipality since its inauguration last summer.
Municipal Government officials have recently met with the manager of the Consortium Vías Verdes of the Region of Murcia Juan Soria, and the head of the infrastructure service of the Institute of Tourism (ITREM), Juan Pedro Marín, to take stock of the use and functioning of has led to the opening of this infrastructure in what refers to the Totanero municipality.
The meeting was attended by the mayor, Andrés García, and the councilors of Environment and Infrastructure, Antonia Camacho and Víctor Balsas, as well as the head of the Local Police, Alfonso Canales.
During the months that this greenway has been operational in mid-August, September and October, a total of 8,422 users have registered, in virtue of an accountant of both cyclists and hikers, in the stretch of Totana, despite the high temperatures of this summer.
In addition, it was reported that the Consortium plans to start work to connect this Greenway with the second pilgrimage route to Caravaca de la Cruz, which will attract thousands of people with the consequent benefit for Totana.
In order to achieve these goals, it is essential to make the traditional users aware of this road, and for this purpose, cement speed bumps will be installed to reduce the speed of the vehicles on the 7-km asphalt road.
Likewise, an ordinance will be approved by the Governing Board of the Vías Verdes Consortium of the Region of Murcia to authorize the owners of the farms that have no other alternative in the area.
The Ministry of Tourism last August the new tracings of the greenways of the Campo de Cartagena and Mazarrón, of 53 and 14 kilometers, which are added to the nearly 78 kilometers of the Greenway of the Northwest, between Murcia and Caravaca de the cross.
The old railroad was conditioned for senderista and cicloturista use and it is foreseen that in its first year it receives 60.000usuarios.
The total investment made for the refurbishment of the old railway Totana-Cartagena and its branch La Pinilla-Mazarrón was 1.34 million (the works have been co-financed with FEDER funds from the European Commission).
Among the actions taken, the continuity and security of the entire route has been guaranteed;
the soil has been conditioned with cement and polymer, after repair of the land;
the corresponding signage and signage have been placed, as well as the protection elements (handrails);
12 rest areas have been created, three eco-consultants and the plantation of trees has been carried out with around 1,600 pines and carob trees.
In addition, the regional government works on the improvement of these infrastructures with measures such as the elaboration of an ordinance that regulates the use and operation of greenways, increasing protection against undue uses such as motorized traffic or other actions that damage them.
These routes, thanks to their accessibility, ease and safety, are frequented by families with children, seniors or people with disabilities, and must be specially supervised.
The Consortium of the Greenways of the Region of Murcia is a public entity constituted by several departments of the Community and 17 municipalities, among them Totana, precisely for the economic and administrative technical cooperation of the greenways and the municipalities by the what happens