Walking sheep replace cars in Madrid

Written by Staff Writer at CNN It’s an old story — a rusty old farmer walking down a dusty Spanish road with a flock of sheep in tow. Yet when Madrid’s Mayor Miguel Angel…

Walking sheep replace cars in Madrid

Written by Staff Writer at CNN

It’s an old story — a rusty old farmer walking down a dusty Spanish road with a flock of sheep in tow. Yet when Madrid’s Mayor Miguel Angel Moreno presented his 2017 budget proposal earlier this week, this somewhat familiar image was suddenly but not unfairly portrayed as part of a zero-emission future.

According to the proposal, pedestrian routes were being replaced by road bike lanes in an effort to ensure a new generation of commuters doesn’t find his or her way to the pavement through the backs of sheep.

“An ambitious plan has been devised with our other partners to make Madrid the only city with 50% green transport to fully replace all private car trips on the city’s main roads,” the mayor said in a statement.

The pastures already visible as they cross the road. Credit: Handout

In a brief, media-prepared video entitled “Madrid En La Pesca” (Madrid Via Pesca), pedestrians are seen briefly wearing reflective vests as they cross roads with nothing but their mobile phones in hand, their heads lowered. One of the sheep appears the most perturbed by the whole spectacle, but since the video ends before it can physically harm anyone, he — or she — is likely part of the plan.

Video: Sheep replace cars in Madrid en route to winter pastures It’s an old story: a rusty old farmer walking down a dusty Spanish road with a flock of sheep in tow. Yet when Madrid’s Mayor Miguel Angel Moreno presented his 2017 budget proposal earlier this week, this somewhat familiar image was suddenly but not unfairly portrayed as part of a zero-emission future. According to the proposal, pedestrian routes were being replaced by road bike lanes in an effort to ensure a new generation of commuters doesn’t find his or her way to the pavement through the backs of sheep. “An ambitious plan has been devised with our other partners to make Madrid the only city with 50% green transport to fully replace all private car trips on the city’s main roads,” the mayor said in a statement. Credit: Handout

Transport specialists explained to metro.co.uk that the plan will transform 17 sections of Madrid’s busy highways into pedestrian and cycling routes. “This includes the ring roads, Malasaña, Parque de la Lancha, Cuatro Mares, and the Bernabéu,” a spokesperson said.

Although the plan is apparently an essential component to the Spanish capital’s environment and mobility policy, it appears to have made almost no mention of industry or visitors. The mayor himself never appears in the video, and the suggestions that never were made that other infrastructure fixes are imminent.

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