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formentera.eco activates online portal for summer permit requests

The Formentera Department of Mobility reports that from 10 June, motorists hoping to drive a vehicle on local roads between 24 June to 7 September can make their request for the associated permit and get confirmation regarding successful bookings at www.formentera.eco . Visiting drivers pay €1 a day (€5 minimum) for cars and €0.50/day (€2.50 min.) for motorbikes and mopeds.

Advance bookings, which began 15 March, can now be confirmed online. Applicants will receive an email and have 10 days to confirm their booking and pay for it.

The process is free for residents of the Balearics and owners of electric vehicles, with drivers of hybrid vehicles paying half price.

Permits are guaranteed for Formentera residents already in possession of a “blue zone-green zone” metred parking pass. Motorists can ensure they have been cleared for summer driving by entering their vehicle plate number on the formentera.eco website; drivers not already cleared can apply for a free permit online.

10 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Public transport free for riders with disabilities, dependents, companions and minors

cartell 2021 transport public gratuitThe Formentera Department of Mobility reports that from 4 June rides on public buses will be free for the following residents and visitors:

- Riders under 18
- Riders with disabilities/dependents and their companions.

Mobility chief Rafael González voiced his satisfaction at launching an initiative which, for one, aims to “promote public transport and sustainable mobility so young islanders can form the lasting habit of using public transport and understand its advantages”. “It’s also about facilitating autonomy and mobility for care-dependent riders and riders with disabilities and their companions”, said González, who traced the origins of the initiative to a petition made to the Consell d’Entitats by the Pau Mayans Association for the Integration of People with ASD.

Free, no-hassle service
Riders who wish to benefit from free transport must provide certain documentation. Minors must supply a photo ID or passport, while individuals with disabilities, care-dependent riders and their companions must provide documentation accrediting their degree of disability or, alternately, a certificate attesting disability or care-dependency. “The goal was to make accessing the free service easy, which is why there’s no paperwork: an ID card or other proof of disability or care-dependency are all that’s required to access the service”, explained Gonzalez.

formentera.eco 2021
Free rides are just one of many measures included in the 2021 formentera.eco plan for sustainable mobility. In the words of the mobility chief, “It’s one more step down the path to sustainable mobility that the Consell de Formentera has been on for years”.

27 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera to reinstate formentera.eco fee in summer 2021

Decision to suspend fees came amid uncertainty around summer 2020 season. Residents of Balearics get accreditation at no charge.

The Formentera Department of Mobility reports that this summer motorists will again have to pay a fee to drive on the island between 24 June and 7 September 2021. Visitors must pay €1.00/day (€5.00 minimum) for cars and €0.50/day for motorbikes and mopeds (€2.50 minimum). Residents of Formentera and the rest of the Balearics, and drivers of electric vehicles, receive formentera.eco accreditation free of charge.

Mobility councillor Rafael González explained, “We thought it appropriate to reinstate the fee given the favourable turn of pandemic conditions and growing demand among Formentera’s visitors to come to the island with a personal vehicle”. The fee was placed on hold last year in a context of uncertain prospects for the summer season.

González said high demand in 2020 meant some drivers saw their accreditation requests denied during the month of August.

In addition, commercial interest has been detected in the maritime route connecting the two Pine Islands. One of the ferry companies has taken issue with formentera.eco for limiting the stream of incoming vehicles, and an additional firm has shown interest in providing service on the Eivissa-Formentera line. By González’s lights, “It speaks to the need for a scheme like formentera.eco, where the idea is to keep residents and visitors happy and guarantee sustainability by preventing high-season strain on local roads”.

Confirming bookings
On 15 March, the formentera.eco website began offering drivers the possibility of reserving vehicle accreditation in advance and confirming the booking via email and payment in the first half of June. González said the fee was designed to encourage longer stays, which he described as “particularly key to local tourism”.

Advance reservations
González drew attention to the 50% increase in advance reservations registered by formentera.eco since emergency orders were lifted. 1,783 advance reservations were made during the 56-day period from 15 March to 9 May (per-day average: 32). 491 advance reservations were made during the ten days from 10 to 19 May (per-day average: 49). The upward trend was highlighted by President Ferrer and members of the local business community at a presentation at this week’s International Tourism Trade Fair (Fitur).

Consell d’Entitats
Lastly, González noted that the fee received backing from the Consell d’Entitats in February 2020. The Consell d’Entitats decision to assess the fee in summer 2021 will be communicated in the days ahead to Consell d’Entitats member groups.

21 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Daily service for L1 and L2 lines plus new route serving market in La Mola

The Formentera Department of Mobility reports that the local public transport service will begin operating seven days a week as of 15 May. Until now, the service was provided Monday through Friday and Saturday mornings.

The following lines will extend current service to include Saturday afternoons and Sundays:

The L1: circular line around Estany Pudent and connecting La Savina, Es Pujols, Sant Ferran, Sant Francesc and ultimately, La Savina once again. Service from 7.30am to 8.00pm.

The L2: La Savina to La Mola via Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and Es Caló. Service from 7.25am to 9.10pm.

A third line will begin operating when The Market in La Mola opens Sunday 16 May. This line runs on market days (Wednesdays and Sundays) and departs from Sa Roqueta, Es Pujols and Es Copinar.

Mobility chief Rafael González put it simply: “Bus service will expand as tourist activity on the island increases”.

13 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

L1 and L2 routes:

cartell 2021 bus A

Market route:

cartell 2021 bus B

Formentera lowers speed limit in towns

foto 2021 velocitat 30The Formentera Department of Mobility reports that the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) has introduced new speed limits on roads in urban areas effective 11 May. “About forty signs with the new speed limit have gone up so drivers know the rules on each road”, explained FDM chair Rafael Gonzalez.

In towns, motorists are limited to 30 km/hour on most, though not all, streets. The following rules apply:

20km/hour on single-level streets (no raised pavement) like the promenade in La Savina, Carrer de Guillem de Montgrí in Sant Ferran, Carrer de Àngela Ferrer in La Mola, among others.
30km/hour on all other urban streets, including Pla del Rei in Sant Francesc and Carrer de s’Espalmador in Es Pujols, among others.

A 30km/hour speed limit is also in effect on stretches of highway that cut through towns, like on Avinguda de la Mediterrània in La Savina, Avinguda de Joan Castelló i Guasch in Sant Ferran, Avinguda de la Mola in La Mola, among others.

The speed limit is 30km/hour at roundabouts, and 50km/hour on ring roads on the outskirts of Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and Es Pujols.

Local decision-makers passed the speed limit reduction in late 2018 as part of the island’s Sustainable Mobility Plan. González pointed out that the new limits have already been in force on roads where upgrades have been performed recently.

11 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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