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Ibilaldia causes traffic cuts in Getxo

Ibilaldia causes traffic cuts in Getxo

Jeickson Sulbaran

May 16, 2024 | 11:00 a.m.

The ikastolas of Bizkaia celebrate their festival with road closures

The most anticipated cultural event for lovers of Basque traditions, the Ibilaldia, is about to take place in Bizkaia, causing a series of road closures and modifications to the usual traffic routine in the area. This festival, which celebrates and promotes the Basque language and culture through educational and recreational activities, results in a day full of joy but also in significant logistical challenges for residents and visitors.

From 09:00 a.m. to 20:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, closures are expected on numerous streets. Areneazpi street, one of the main axes, will be closed from the intersection with Itxe street, also blocking parking and access from Iparbide streets in both directions and Basarrate in a descending direction. Similarly, other important pathways such as Villamonte and Elizondo will be inaccessible, which will require detours at strategic points and Arene Street to guarantee access to the garages.

In addition, The Bolue roundabout will be closed for vehicles trying to go up Salsidu, redirecting them towards Villaondoeta. This pattern of detours and closures is replicated on Algorta Avenue and other adjacent streets, where limited access will be allowed for garages only. This configuration will affect not only regular drivers but also public transport routes, which will have to temporarily adjust their itineraries.

Ibilaldia causes traffic cuts in Getxo

The impact on urban mobility

Parking restrictions will also extend to the days before and after the event, with specific prohibitions during the assembly and disassembly of infrastructure necessary for the festival. The Old Port and Ereaga will see parking bans not only on the day of the event but also on May 24, 25 and 27. These measures, although necessary, pose additional challenges for local logistics and the daily mobility of residents.

For those who plan to visit or cross Bizkaia during these days, it is strongly recommended to review updated traffic reports and consider alternative routes or modes of transportation. Local authorities have implemented an action plan that includes temporary signs and traffic officers at key points to guide and assist pedestrians.

The Ibilaldia event is not only a celebration

Beyond the temporary inconveniences in traffic, Ibilaldia offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich Basque culture, with activities ranging from music and dance to educational workshops that attract entire families.. The festival not only strengthens regional identity but also boosts the local economy through tourism and commerce.

While street closures and route modifications may seem like a challenge, They are also an integral part of the celebration of a living culture that is renewed every year in Ibilaldia.. This event not only celebrates Basque education and culture, but also unites the community, fostering a sense of belonging and pride that lasts far beyond a single day of festivities.

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